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).
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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.
SCICN Graduate Fellows Program
Each year, SCICN selects approximately fifteen graduate student fellows from across the professional schools and graduate programs within the university who work on isses related to international or intergroup conflict processes, conflict resolution or peacebuilding. Graduate fellows must be on campus at Stanford.
Graduate fellows meet regularly with faculty, researchers, and respected practitioners from around the world. A key component of the program is the opportunity to engage real world practitioners in extended conversation and to participate in the theory/practice workshops described here. During the winter and spring quarters, the fellows attend an SCICN speaker series and meet with invited speakers over an informal meal.
The deadline for the 2016-17 academic year is November 3, 2017. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richard S. Goldsmith Graduate Fellows Research and Project Grants
SCICN Graduate Fellows are eligible to apply for summer project grants up to $4000 for research and other projects related to SCICN themes. For the 2017-2018 academic year, applications will be due on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Current graduate fellows interested in applying should contact email@example.com for more information.
Richard S. Goldsmith Writing Prize in Conflict Resolution
Deadline for submissions: May 15, 2018.
The Goldsmith Award for Student Writing in Dispute Resolution is named for Judge Richard S. Goldsmith, former chief magistrate of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Judge Goldsmith was an early and important advocate for alternative methods of solving disputes. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students university-wide. SCICN faculty review the submissions and select the winning paper, which is awarded a $1000 prize.
Eligibility: all Stanford undergraduate and graduate students may submit.
Accepted topics: any aspect of negotiation, decision-making, or conflict resolution between individuals, organizations, groups, or nations. Also included are judicial or adjudicatory procedures, as well as alternatives such as mediation and arbitration.
Length: limit is 10,000 words.
Deadline: May 15, 2018. Late submissions will not be considered.
Announcements will be made in summer 2018.
SCICN Papers & Publications
Core background papers on SCICN's approach
Barriers to Conflict Resolution, Introduction
Robert Mnookin and Lee Ross, in Barriers to Conflict Resolution (1995)
Barriers to Dispute Resolution: Reflections on Peacemaking and Relationships Between Adversaries
Byron Bland, Brenna Marea Powell, and Lee Ross, in Understanding Social Action, Promoting Human Rights (2012)
The central focus of our research is the identification and analysis of barriers to international and intergroup conflict resolution, and the development of strategies to overcome these barriers. Our research has explored the psychological, strategic, institutional and relational barriers to resolving the most intractable conflicts.