Peace, Security and Conflict

The post-Cold War and post-9/11 world forced a change in thinking about the dynamic relationship between peace, security, and conflict.  Security in critical to stability and development, but security alone does not resolve conflict nor create peace.

New challenges to stability can emerge rapidly, forcing actors to confront complex and unfamiliar challenges while continuing to address historic tensions. Changing power relationships can create new anxieties.  New technologies pose increasing threats to security while providing opportunities to promote broader peace. The rise of non-state actors also forces governments and international organizations to adapt their strategies to better address human security and understand conflict drivers.

Those interested in careers in security studies, conflict management, and peacebuilding must understand how these new challenges affect the international environment.  This understanding allows for the development of more effective policies by nation-states, international agencies, and non-governmental organizations to address threats to international peace and security. 

For more up to date information on faculty associated with the Governance, Diplomacy and International Relations Career Track, please consult the 2017-18 MAIR Handbook.