Links to Organizations
Though the Peace Studies Program is not affiliated with any group outside of UK, several members of the Peace Studies program – both students and faculty – are also affiliated with a number of organizations interested in peace. Below we list some local, national, and international organization that might be of interest to Peace Studies students.
Central Kentucky Council for Peace and Justice
The CKCPJ is geared towards people who think globally and work locally in central Kentucky for a world that is more just, free from the scourge of war and more sustainable. They welcome people who believe in nonviolent solutions to conflict, equitable distribution of the world’s resources, acceptance of diversity in people, political systems and beliefs, respect for the dignity of every individual, and human rights for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religious, political and philosophical beliefs or disabilities.
National and International Organizations
International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO)
The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Researchers at PRIO work to identify new trends in global conflict, as well as to formulate and document new understandings of and responses to armed conflict. They seek to understand how people are impacted by, and cope with, armed conflict, and we study the normative foundations of peace and violence
Uppsala University (Sweden) Department of Peace and Conflict Research
The Department of Peace and Conflict Research was established in 1971 to conduct peace research and offer courses in peace and conflict studies. The Department conducts research in several major areas of peace and conflict studies. Moreover, it houses its own data collection program – the internationally renowned Uppsala Conflict Data Program (UCDP) – which provides a unique freely and globally accessible dataset for frontline research around the world.
The CRInfo (Conflict Resolution Information Source) project provides a free, online clearinghouse of high-quality information related to conflict resolution. CRInfo provides a searchable database that consists of thousands of conflict resolution and peace-related Web pages, books, journal articles, audiovisual materials, organizational profiles, events, educational and career opportunity postings, and news articles. CRInfo has been widely utilized by practitioners and scholars in the field of conflict resolution (and many related disciplines), and the project has partnered with numerous high-profile organizations to offer customized services for their constituents.
FIRST Facts on International Relations and Security Trends
The FIRST system offers researchers, politicians and the media an authoritative and structured factual reference system on international relations and security trends. It contains high-quality, up-to-date and clearly documented information in areas such as: (1) conflicts, arms transfers and military expenditure; (2) hard facts on states and international organizations; (3) economic and social statistics; and (4) chronologies.
International Crisis Group
The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. What distinguishes Crisis Group from other organisations working on conflict prevention and resolution is a unique combination of field-based analysis, practical policy prescriptions and high-level advocacy, with key roles being played by senior staff highly experienced in government and by an active Board of Trustees comprising two former prime ministers, two former presidents, eight former foreign ministers, one former European Commissioner, one Nobel Peace Prize winner and many other leaders from the fields of politics, diplomacy, business and the media.