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During the 2016-2017 academic year, PARCC co-sponsored two important research conferences.

The Third International Conference on Democratic Governance in the Developing World- "Advancing Democratic Governance in the Developing World: The Role of Conflict, Complementarity, and Collaboration in Fostering Democratic Ideals, Practices, and Institutions" was held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC July 18 and 19, 2016.  Co-sponsors were the Rwanda Governance Board and Cheney University of Pennsylvania.  This conference explored the various dimensions of governance- political, economic, social, spiritual, and cultural - needed to advance and sustain democratic governance in the developing world.  An international group of scholars and practitioners from 21 countries and such diverse disciplines as public administration, political science, economics, sociology, business, law, journalism, international relations collectively examined the role of conflict, complementarity, and collaboration in fostering and sustaining democratic ideals, practices, and institutions.  Click here for a link to the conference proceedings.  

Transforming Intractable Conflicts: Their Restructuring and Reframing was held at Syracuse University September 23 and 24, 2016.  This conference was co-sponsored with the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University.  Scholars were invited to reflect on what we have learned about intractable conflicts over the past 30 years.  The idea for the conference came as a way to celebrate PARCC's 30th anniversary and highlight its intellectual contributions to the field of intractable conflict, including the 1989 publication of Intractable Conflicts and their Transformation co-edited by Louis Kriesberg, Terrell A. Northrup and Stuart J. Thorson.  An edited volume publication is planned.  Click here for a link to videos and papers from the conference.    


IIAS Study Group on 'Coproduction of Public Services' was held June 6 and 7, 2017 at the Syracuse University Greenberg House in Washington, DC.  This was the fifth meeting of the IIAS Study Group on 'Coproduction of Public Services.'  The aim was to create and nurture an intellectual platform for the theoretical and empirical study of coproduction and its implications for the organization and management of public services. The IIAS study group on 'Coproduction of Public Services' is co-chaired by Trui Steen (KU Leuven, Belgium), Tina Nabatchi (Syracuse University, United States), and Dirk Brand (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa).   Click here for a link to the conference program.