FOUR DECADES OF INNOVATION AND INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH
Conflict has been always been part of the human experience. Yet recent escalations—both domestic and international—call for more creative intervention strategies with skilled practitioners in the field. As the first university to offer graduate programs in conflict resolution, George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution has remained at the forefront of scholarship and experiential learning. With faculty expertise that spans the social sciences, law, theology, and business, S-CAR approaches conflict through many different lenses to understand its root causes. With a diverse student body, proximity to the nation’s capital, and passion for making the world a more peaceful place, S-CAR produces top notch practitioners and scholars who can recognize and effectively respond to conflict here at home and around the globe.
A VITAL COMMUNITY
For nearly 40 years, our faculty, students, and alumni have addressed deep-rooted conflicts wherever they occur. At the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR), faculty and students are committed to the development of theory, research, and practice that interrupt cycles of violence.
The S-CAR Faculty bring diverse academic backgrounds, scholarship, and practical experience to our programs. Our faculty, visiting scholars, and students pursue academic and research interests that include organizational conflict, the role of narrative in conflict, genocide and violence, gender, class, and peacemaking.
Faculty members author foundational texts and contribute to ongoing research around the world-including Northern Ireland, Liberia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, Israel and Palestine, Bosnia, Latin America- and throughout the United States. S-CAR’s advisory board represents diverse expertise including: diplomacy, the military, advocacy, the media, and corporate and nonprofit management.
Our alumni work in important conflict resolution organizations as well as government agencies, academia, international organizations, trade associations, and private companies. Employers include the State Department, the Department of Defense, USAID, the United Nations, International Alert, World Bank, National Mining Association, and the National Mediation Board.
S-CAR is committed to:
-Advancing the understanding of deeply rooted conflicts between individuals, groups, organizations, and communities in the United States and all over the world through research, teaching, practice, and outreach
-Carrying on a systematic and ongoing study of the nature, origins, and types of social conflicts
-Developing the requisite processes and conditions for the productive resolution of conflicts