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Peace and Conflict Studies

Career Options


While changes in the world community have been unprecedented, conflict has continued unabated.  Thus, interest remains high in developing more effective means to resolve conflicts between nations and peoples.  This creates opportunities in many fields, both domestically and internationally, for persons able to analyze and resolve conflict.


Because PACS is an interdisciplinary field and because conflicts know no boundaries, conflict resolution positions can be found in a wide variety of organizations not necessarily thought of as "peace groups."  For example, large, well-known development organizations are increasingly recognizing the effects of conflict on development and the need for more effective conflict mediation efforts.  Even governments and international institutions like the World Bank are recognizing the need for mediation services.


Below is a list of potential employers, many of whom have long been interested in graduates with training in peace and conflict resolution.  As a result, this select list represents only a starting point for those interested in a vocation of conflict transformation.


Alliance for International Conflict Resolution

American-Mideast Education and Training Services

American Friends Service Committee

Amnesty International

Carter Center

CARE, Inc.

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Catholic Relief Services

Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

The Fund for Peace

International Conflict Research Institute

Institute for International Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy

Instiute for Policy Studies

Institute for World Affairs

International Alert

International Crisis Group

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

Mennonite Central Committee

Mennonite Conciliation Service

National Peace Foundation

Mercy Corps

Non-Violence International

Peace Brigades International

Peace Makers Trust

Peace Vox

Search for Common Ground


US Institute of Peace

The United Nations

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Woodrow Wilson International Center

World Policy Institute