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Summer 2018 Internship Opportunities at the Earth Institute

The deadline for applications is May 1.

by |March 30, 2018

New Columbia Program to Help Define Women’s Roles in Peace and Security

Women on all different levels, from households to the highest ranks of government, are striving to gain a seat at the table when it comes peace and security. A new program launched today at Columbia University will help define what those roles might be

by |October 27, 2017

How Women Tackle Challenges of Peace and Security

A workshop Thursday will bring together women activists from many communities to talk about how women have been able to successfully influence sustainable peace through everyday activism. The event is being held by the new Women, Peace and Security Program, which is directed by Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee.

by |April 19, 2017

Conflict, Displaced Persons and the Built Environment

Changing personal and social narratives can address issues of internal displacement in the built environment, as in this case in Medellín, Colombia.

by |April 19, 2016

Drought in Papua New Guinea Heightens Tensions over Gold Mine

In the highlands of Papua New Guinea, tensions between local villagers and a gold mining operation over access to clean water are being heightened by a prolonged drought.

by |March 14, 2016

Uncovering Impacts of Gold Mining in Papua New Guinea

From late December 2015 through January, a team of Earth Institute scientists and human rights lawyers from Columbia University worked in the highlands of Papua New Guinea to deliver the results of an independent study of water quality and human rights to the indigenous communities living near an industrial gold mine.

by |February 5, 2016

Complicate to Simplify: Lessons from Complexity Science

What our team found at this school in the Bronx is what we see in many intractable social problems. They spring from a complex constellation of ills, and the longer they last the more complicated they get. And the more simple they seem from the inside.

by |July 21, 2015

Conflict Resolution in the Arab World: a Knowledge-Sharing Agenda

In 2005, colleagues working in conflict resolution and peace-building in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Palestine and Syria approached Columbia University’s International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution with a request for science-based resources on constructive engagement made available in Arabic.

by |July 17, 2015

Intractable Conflict: Can We End ‘Endless’ Wars?

Intractable conflicts such as the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East or long-term civil wars in central Africa are among the world’s most destructive social ills, and the most difficult to solve. Over the past decade, Peter Coleman, director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, has been developing an innovative way of understanding intractable conflicts — and potentially resolving them.

by |March 17, 2015
Josh Fisher, Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity

Josh Fisher Named Director of Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity

“The road ahead for AC4 involves integrating the lessons learned from the peace, conflict and security communities into the work being done at The Earth Institute on developing solutions for sustainable development.” — Josh Fisher

by |February 4, 2015