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“Knowledge as Action; Action as Change”

The Center for Conflict Studies (CCS) is a research center of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

Conflicts are inevitable phenomena with a propensity to turn destructive very quickly, and are largely viewed negatively. CCS focuses on the study and application of the right tools for managing conflicts and therefore approaches conflicts more positively, as vehicles for change. CCS advocates for nonviolent change. We emphasize bridging research and practice to better understand and manage conflicts effectively and to change current inequalities and social injustices. This entails acquiring knowledge about the conflict through one’s own experiences and those of others.CCS believes knowledge immediately translates into action because from the minute we comprehend, our thought process begins. Even if we choose not to or are unable to exercise our voice, knowledge is empowering. At CCS we believe that when human beings reach the point where knowledge brims over, action is inevitable. Our task is to create the space and the resources for knowledge acquisition.

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