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    Advocacy and Activism - The advent of the Internet, an increased emphasis on globalism and the proliferation of network theory...

    Collaborative Governance - Collaboration is an essential tool in an increasingly interconnected world. We examine how collaborative govern...


    Environmental Collaboration and Conflicts - The rapid growth of industry and the intense competition for natural resources have brought...

    International and Intra-state Conflicts - We strive to understand the transformation of largescale destructive conflicts involving...

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     Prof. Purser named Motonna Professor. PARCC Faculty Associate Prof. Grechen Purser has been named the Ralph E. Montonna Professor at the Maxwell School for the 2020-2021 academic year.  This endowed professorship recognizes her contributions to undergraduate teaching.  Prof. Purser is also the Research Director of the PARCC Advocacy and Activism Research Group.

    Project Save the World.  PARCC Faculty Associates Prof. Louis Kriesberg (also former PARCC Director) and Prof. Bruce Dayton are participating in a video conversation for Project Save the World.    Their conversation is called Conflict Transformation and discuss this with host Metta Spencer.  Kriesberg and Dayton specialize in constructive ways of handling conflicts—which may, they explain to Metta, involve combinations of persuasion,  reward, and/or coercion.  Video: or Audio podcast:

    Remembering John Burdick.  John Burdick passed away on 4 July 2020. John was a dear colleague and wonderful friend, and a dedicated contributor to PARCC.  John was one of the first colleagues I met when I came to the Maxwell School to direct PARCC (then PARC, The Program on the Analysis and Resolution of Conflicts).  It didn’t take long before John became an integral member of the PARC leadership team. He co-founded the Syracuse Social Movements Initiative (SSMI), and directed it for the ensuing 11 years. He became a PARC Associate Director, working to bring students, colleagues, and community members, into our work. We spent many hours with one another putting together SSMI and shaping PARC.  John brought a passion for social justice and helping people forge better lives.  After a little bit I stopped being surprised when I got email from him at 2 or 3 in the morning, and appreciated the enormous energy he brought to everything he did.  In PARC and in other university settings, we spent long hours in various meetings. John was always doodling in the margins of his notepad—wonderful portraits of others around the table.  As anthropology department colleagues we shared interest in methods, theory, and action research. Those shared intellectual interests led us through many intense conversations, not infrequently over drinks. He insisted on intellectual honesty, methodological rigor, and thoughtful reflection. When meetings or conversations were fraught John might bust out a Broadway show tune, or a Tom Lehrer parody to lighten moods.  I don’t think I ever heard him say ‘no’ to a request to help out on a project or committee.  John was always open, supportive, and respectful; characteristics that served him well in his indefatigable efforts to build consensus among diverse constituencies.  Although SSMI ceased its operations, John continued as a generous, integral member of the (now) PARCC leadership.  Although he is no longer physically with us, and we all will miss him dearly, his enormous gifts of heart and mind suffuse PARCC, the anthropology department, and the university generally, and leave us a precious and lasting legacy. By Robert A. Rubinstein, Ph.D., MsPH Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Professor of International Relations.

    Prof. Nabatchi awarded CUSE Grant.  

    Few – if any – public policy problems can be addressed effectively by a single government agency working alone. Indeed, our current policy challenges, whether environmental, economic, educational, or otherwise, necessitate “collaborative governance,” a term used to indicate the practice of bringing together multiple stakeholders in mutual forums to engage in decision making about problems that cannot be solved or easily solved by single organizations acting alone.  

    This project centers on building the world’s first large-n database on collaborative governance that spans and connects multi-level quantitative and qualitative data on structures, processes, inputs, outputs, and outcomes. Once built, the Atlas will contain “entries” about the use of collaborative governance in numerous locations and policy areas. This will allow scholars to conduct – for the first time ever – large scale, comparative empirical analyses, which has profound implications for research, practice, and policy. 

    New activity on our blog.  PARCC's blog, Conflict and Collaboration, has recent posts from Lou Kriesberg and Prof. Jok Madut Jok.  Lou Kriesberg's post is called "On Taking Action" and Prof. Jok has contributed several posts about the impact of COVID-19 on Africa.

    Registration for PARCC Summer Institute Courses began Wednesday, March 18th.   This summer's three courses are online:

    Collaborative and Participatory Governance: Developing Collaborative Competencies for Managers, Julia Carboni, PST/PAI 732, Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15 (9 am-5 pm) and Saturday, May 16 (9 am -1 pm)

    This course enhances communication and rapport-building skills to interact more effectively and solve problems creatively. It provides a foundation in reflective listening, problem solving, assertion, and managing conflicts among needs and values. The course includes theory, demonstrations, skill practice, and critique, as well as a workplace mediation component. It is designed to have immediate and wide applicability in interpersonal and group settings.

    Negotiation:  Theory and Practice, Robert Rubinstein, ANT 424/ANT 624, Sunday, May 17 (4-9 pm) and Monday, May 18 through Friday May 22 (9 am -5 pm) 

    This course introduces negotiation theory and the skills associated with successful practice. It explores tensions between distributive and integrative negotiation, principles of interest-based negotiation, importance of preparation, sources of power, role of culture, and ways to overcome dirty tricks and other barriers to successful negotiation. An interactive learning approach is featured, using lecture, discussion, exercises and simulations, to build personal capacities for successful negotiating. Exercises include two- person to more complex multi-party negotiations, in both domestic and international cases. 

    Mediation: Theory and Practice, Neil Katz, PST 421/SOS 621, Tuesday, May 26 through Saturday May 30 (8:30 am-5 pm)

    Whether conflicts are small-scale roommate disputes or involve groups of individuals like labor-management problems, mediators tend to primarily use similar skill sets to bring parties together to creatively craft solutions acceptable to the parties. This course will introduce students to the theory and practice of third party mediation approaches to facilitate resolution of disputes in a variety of settings including the workplace, everyday neighbor/community disputes,  campus racial disputes, and others. We will also examine different models of mediation practiced today including transformative, narrative, and problem-solving.  Learning approaches include lectures, demonstrations, ample time for practice mediations, coaching, films, and presentations by expert mediators.

    Current SU students should register on MySlice.  Non-matriculated students should register through University College.  


    Participatory Budgeting in Public Schools.  Tina Nabatchi and Catherine Gerard are working with the Syracuse City School District (SCSD) to design and implement a 3-year Participatory Budgeting (PB) process in 7 schools.  Participatory Budgeting (PB) will engage students, parents, teachers, staff, and the community in making decisions about how to allocate funds to improve student success. Year 1 of the project begins now and will be complete by June 30, 2020.  

    State Department Official Visit to PARCC.  PARCC and Career Services hosted Matt Steinhelfer, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) on Feb. 28 for a talk with students about careers followed by a formal presentation.  In his role, Matt leads the Bureau’s efforts to anticipate, prevent, and respond to conflict and instability in the Western Hemisphere, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. A Civil Servant, he brings a wealth of qualitative and quantitative analysis, program management, organizational development, and regional expertise to the bureau.

     Maxwell Student Conversation on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.  Student Associates from PARCC facilitated the Maxwell Student Conversation on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging on Friday, January 24, 2020 from 1-3 pm in the Strasser Legacy Room, 220 Eggers Hall.  All Maxwell graduate and undergraduate students were invited to join other students for a conversation discussing ideas and vision for a more inclusive Maxwell community.  

    Overcoming Intractable Conflicts cover New book published by PARCC Faculty.   Overcoming Intractable Conflicts: New Approaches to Constructive Transformation, edited by Miriam Elman, Catherine Gerard, Galia Golan, and Louis Kriesberg, brings together work from Syracuse University faculty, guests, and a broad group of scholars from Israeli universities. It is an update of Intractable Conflicts and their Transformation (Kriesberg, Thorson, and Northrup, 1989) to include more disciplines. Receive a 30% discount if you enter the code RLINEW19 at the checkout when you order from


    PARCC Logo2020 Annual Teaching Case and Simulation Competition. To further stimulate the creation of effective and innovative teaching cases and simulations, the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) at the Syracuse University Maxwell School is sponsoring its twelfth annual competition of E-PARCC.  Competition funding: $5,000 prize for best teaching case and additional $1,000 honorable mention prizes.  For more details, please see the E-PARCC website.

    Julia CarboniNabatchi PhotoCarboni and Nabatchi publish Minnowbrook at 50 Conference Report "Assessing the Past and Future of Public Administration: Reflections from the Minnowbrook at 50 Conference" was published by the IBM Center for The Business of Government. The report, written by Tina Nabatchi and Julia Carboni, provides a recap of the Minnowbrook at 50 discussions, summarizes insights from participants, and presents relevant issues and recommendations.9/20/2019

    Farhana Sultana
    New book edited by PARCC Research Director Farhana Sultana
    . The book is titled “Water Politics: Governance, Justice and the Right to Water.” 9/19/19

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    Rob Alexander

    PARCC Alumni, former Director of the Conflict Management Center (CMC), and three time winner in the annual E-PARCC competition.