SCICN is an interdisciplinary research and teaching community dedicated to the study of conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The central focus of our work is the identification and analysis of barriers—psychological, strategic, institutional and relational—to conflict resolution and the development of strategies to overcome these barriers.
SCICN brings scholars and graduate students together from across the university to provide a rich environment for interdisciplinary dialogue and exploration. We support innovative researcher-practitioner collaboration, and provide a forum for scholars to discuss research and methods in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. In addition, we offer seminars and colloquia at Stanford, an annual graduate student fellowship program, and produce a working paper series available here on our website.
SCICN was founded at Stanford University in 1984 by an interdisciplinary group of eminent scholars. The Center was originally named the Stanford Center on Conflict and Negotiation (SCCN). Our founding members included Kenneth Arrow (Economics), Robert Mnookin (Law), Lee Ross (Social Psychology), Amos Tversky (Psychology) and Robert Wilson (Business).
SCICN is housed jointly at the Stanford Law School and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. SCICN is not a degree-conferring center and, as a result, cannot admit applicants as students to Stanford University.