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Visiting Scholar – Robert Brears

robert_brearsThe CCS Visiting Scholar for 2015-16 will be Robert C. Brears, founder of Mitidaption, an ideas lab. Robert is an expert on the impacts of climate change and environmental risks to business, governance and society as well as adaptation strategies to mitigate these risks. He is a contributing author for the Johns Hopkins University’s Global Water Magazine, China Water Risk and RepRisk. He has published widely on water security, water resources management, and related issues, and has conducted field research around the world, including Antarctica. His research with CCS will focus on water security in the Asia-Pacific.

For more information on Robert and past visiting scholars, please visit our website.

2015 Peacebuilders Fellowship: Honduras


2014 Peacebuilder Fellows in the West Bank.

Applications for the second summer Peacebuilders Fellowship are now open! The 2015 program will once again focus on water conflicts, this time in Honduras. Fellows will work with Catholic Relief Services and their partners to conduct research and document local challenges and approaches in dealing with water conflicts. This material will provide vital information to the Center in developing a manual for peacebuilders working on water conflicts.

Two fellows will be selected for the project, and are expected to be in the field for 8 to 10 weeks over the summer. Following the field research, fellows will work with the Center to finalize reports and document their stories.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, please visit our website. To apply for the fellowship, please click here.

The Praxis of Conflict Transformation: Poverty, Homelessness & Violence in Los Angeles


Dr. Iyer and the 2015 Los Angeles course participants.

CCS Director Pushpa Iyer and 6 MIIS students are currently in Los Angeles for “The Praxis of Conflict Transformation” field course. The course seeks to help participants link the theory of peacebuilding with practice through field research. LA is the perfect location for this course because it is a city of contrasts: it is home to Hollywood and a celebrity culture, but also overwhelming poverty, homelessness and violence. Participants will be meeting with NGOs, government officials, and civil society members to learn about how they work on these deep-rooted conflicts in the context of racial tensions, extreme wealth, and other structural imbalances. Outcomes of the trip will be shared in presentations and various publications.

You can keep up with the participants’ research and experiences in LA by reading their blog. Bios of the course participants can be found here. For more information about the course, please visit our website.

Summer Peacebuilding Program

PTDCCS is excited to announce the launch of the Summer Peacebuilding Program (SPP), a three-week long intensive training program designed to bridge the theory and practice of building peace in societies that are emerging from conflict, violence or war.

SPP provides an opportunity for participants to learn from the experiences and approaches of scholars and practitioners who work on some of the most difficult challenges our world faces today, including: resolving conflict, ending all forms of violence, providing social justice, and creating more secure and developed societies by transforming the conditions and relationships of conflict. SPP therefore welcomes all those interested in exploring the above-mentioned topics through a process of self-reflection, gathering of theoretical and conceptual data and its application to real world problems. Students and practitioners in the field of conflict, peace, development and security studies are eligible to apply.

Please visit our website for more information on SPP, including an outline of the sessions, important dates, application information, cost, scholarship opportunities, and more. You can apply online here.


I Am Troy Davis Book Club

troydavis-textOn Tuesday, November 18 the Center for Conflict Studies and the William Tell Coleman Library at MIIS will host a discussion on race, the death penalty, and the U.S. criminal justice system through a reading and discussion of “I Am Troy Davis” by Jen Marlowe. Troy Davis was executed by the state of Georgia in September 2011, despite international protests. This discussion is a part of the Troy Davis Community Book Club events, which are being organized all around the country. For more information on the book club, please click here.

The discussion will be held at the DLC Design Space at 6pm. This event is open to the public, but all attendees must register.

Reflections – November 2014 Issue

ReflectionsCoverNov.14The new issue of Reflections, the Center for Conflict Studies’ quarterly magazine, is now available. In keeping with the Center’s recent research projects and upcoming conference, this issue focuses on water conflicts. Articles include a commentary on water conflicts with California examples by Ann Clarke, a discussion of the ways in which water can be a catalyst for cooperation by Robert C. Brears, and an analysis of the importance of the environment, nature, and resources in human identity by Michael Vincent McGinnis. Please click here to read the new issue.

Water Conference Keynote Speaker: Jason Kestrel Burnett

jason_burnett_0CCS is proud to announce that Carmel Mayor Jason Kestrel Burnett will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Water Conference. His keynote address will be titled “Water Management: Finding Consensus in Complex Problems.” The address will be delivered at the opening of the conference on November 6.

Jason Burnett was re-elected as the Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA in April 2014. He served as Mayor since 2012 and as a City Councilmember from 2010-2012. He is Managing Partner of Clean Fund, a company that works to structure and secure financing for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Jason serves on multiple Monterey County Boards, including as President of the Monterey Peninsula Regional Water Authority Board of Directors. Previously Jason was the Associate Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and prior to the EPA he worked for Evolution Markets, a brokerage and consulting firm. He has testified before and been interviewed by Senate and Congressional committees and continues to engage federal and state policy leaders on a myriad of issues. He has been quoted in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among others. Jason is a trustee of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and chairs its finance committee. He is on the Board of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. Jason holds a Master of Arts in Earth Systems and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University and lives in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA with his wife, Melissa Burnett, and their son Sebastian Burnett.

Details of the conference panels can be found here. For a full schedule, please click here. Everyone must register to attend the conference.

Challenges to Peacebuilding in Mindanao – 2015 January Field Course


CCS announces an academic field course “Challenges to Peacebuilding in Mindanao, Philippines” this January (2015). The course will help participants link the theory of peacebuilding to its practice through field research.

Through this course, participants will interact with NGOs, INGOs, religious leaders, government officials, civil society members and members of peace zones in Mindanao. There will be visits to areas in central and northern Mindanao. First hand information gained from these meetings will be analyzed as a group through regular debrief sessions during and after the field trip. Outcomes will be presented through presentations at various forums and through a variety of publications. In Mindanao, the Catholic Relief Services with a long history of peacebuilding will be our host organization.

The course is open to current students – graduate level, but also exceptional undergraduates – enrolled in conflict studies or related disciplines. Practitioners and others interested in learning more about peacebuilding are also welcome. There are no geographic or nationality restrictions at this time. For more information and to submit your application online, click here.

Roundtable Discussion – Police Legitimacy in Communities of Color

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On October 9, CCS will host a roundtable discussion on Police Legitimacy in Communities of Color. Panelists will include Kelly McMillin, the Salinas Chief of Police; Will Matthews, Senior Communications Officer at ACLU Northern California; and community member Rosemary Soto. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Pushpa Iyer of MIIS.

Please join us for this important and timely discussion. The event will be held from 6pm to 8pm in the Samson Reading Room (453 Van Buren Street, Monterey) at MIIS.

Book Launch and Discussion with Julia Reynolds


“Intense, intimate… A sprawling, literary true crime effort.” -Kirkus Reviews

Julia, a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Conflict Studies, is a reporter and editor who has worked for MediaNews newspapers, PBS, NPR and other outlets. Julia will discuss the Nuestra Familia gang, which is the subject of her new book, “Blood in the Fields.” She will also highlight findings from her ongoing research on the role of women and girls in the gangs in Salinas.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 18 from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the DLC Design Space at MIIS.