George Mason University
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George Mason University


The faculty, students, staff, alumni and partners of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution are part of a community dedicated to interrupting cycles of violence. Through theory, research, and practice, S-CAR serves as an innovative academic resource for people and institutions, both at home and worldwide.

What We Do, Why We Do It

Our scholars — faculty, graduate and undergraduate students — join alumni, practitioners, and organizations to work toward peace making and conflict resolution.

It’s not enough to be given a set of standard tools and techniques to resolve conflict; we need to understand what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, and when we should use a particular method.

S-CAR faculty members have developed theoretical frameworks and research methodologies to explore the root causes of conflicts, and are recognized as experts in the field.

We are committed to:

  • Using research, teaching, practice, and outreach to advance the understanding of deeply rooted conflicts between individuals, groups, organizations, and communities at home and abroad.
  • Studying and understanding the nature, origins, and types of social conflicts.
  • Developing processes and conditions to resolve conflicts.
  • Understanding and addressing the underlying conditions that cause violence and conflict.

Students from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution take a tour of the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. The nation's capital is rich in learning resources, while also being a hub for peace-building activities and policy building.

Our work removes barriers between theory and practice.

We’ve developed innovative methods of clinical training, and implemented an Applied Practice and Theory program, which puts students to work in and with the community to resolve real situations. This hands-on field experience is a central component of our curriculum.

It comes down to this: Our graduates are prepared to step into almost any situation and make it better.