M.A. in Conflict Resolution
M.A. in Conflict Resolution
We train the next generation of professional peace practitioners.
M.A. in Conflict Resolution students, class of 2019
The Georgetown M.A. in Conflict Resolution prepares students to resolve conflict in a turbulent world.
Our world-class program includes a theoretically rigorous core curriculum,
taught by top practitioners with a focus on skills , and negotiation, mediation and facilitation through an experiential learning series. Our curriculum explores the nature of conflict and how peace is made, built, and sustained. Building on Georgetown’s commitment to social justice, the program supports our students’ focus at practice local, national, and global levels.
A core principle of our program is
, Latin for “both into one,” and Georgetown’s motto. Utraque Unum represents our drive to reconcile, to use conflict as an opportunity to bring together diverse points of view and create greater strength through understanding. Utraque Unum
Georgetown’s Conflict Resolution program condemns state violence against citizens, structural violence, systemic oppression and white supremacy. We support the demands of citizens and our students for individual and systemic accountability for violations of human rights. In the United States, the commission and tolerance of state violence against Black communities and other marginalized and vulnerable communities are failures of democracy and governance. The program champions peacebuilding and conflict transformation. We will continue to center justice, liberation and dialogue as routes to and characteristics of positive peace. Conflict Resolution Program Statement of Solidarity, June 2020
Recent Public Scholarship
Founder of the Conflict Resolution program, Professor Lise Howard, co-published Foreign Policy op-ed about UN peacekeeping in Afghanistan
September 21st, 2021
How Not to Lose the Peace in AfghanistanA U.N. peacekeeping mission could help avert civil war.By Charli Carpenter and Lise HowardSeptember 21,…
Professor Desha Girod published Foreign Policy op-ed about responses to Taliban victory in Afghanistan
August 31st, 2021
Can the West Make the Taliban Moderate?
The United States has leverage over the new Afghan government. Here’s how to use it.
By Desha Girod
Founder of Conflict Resolution program, Professor Lise Howard, published Los Angeles Times op-ed about UN peacekeeping in Afghanistan
August 29th, 2021
Op-Ed: A U.N. peacekeeping mission could make all the difference in Afghanistan. Here’s why
By Lise HowardLos Angeles Times
Professor Laia Balcells co-published Agenda Publica analysis about Spanish king
July 27th, 2021
El Rey, ¿institución neutral o de parte?
By Francesc Amat and Laia Balcells
Professor Laia Balcells co-published el Diario op-ed about referendums in Spain
June 28th, 2021
Referéndums: un experimento y una propuesta de votos secuenciales
By Laia Balcells and Francesc Amat
Program Director Desha Girod, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Irish President Mary Robinson, former Governor of California Jerry Brown, and Executive Director of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists Rachel Bronson at a January 2020 event.
Left: Al Jazeera’s The Stream host Femi Oke with Christine Pelosi. Right: Poet Sadiya Bashir, activist Noura Erakat, activist Christine Pelosi, journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones. Sadiya Bashir. Christine Pelosi and journalist Patty Culhane. Journalist, 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones at a January 2020 event.
Program Director Desha Girod with Ambassador Barbara Bodine at a spring 2020 Fireside Chat.
Program founder Professor Lise Howard and Under Secretary-General for Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix at a fall 2019 event.