• ACTS master program invitation

    CPCS invites applications to its master’s program in Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS), a part time distance-learning course involving a combination of self-study and three, two-week residential seminars each year in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The application deadline is September 30 for the program that begins in March 2016.

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    ACTS master program invitation
  • Vacancy announcement

    CPCS would like to announce the following vacancies:

    1. Executive Assistant to the Executive Director
    2. Communications Officer
    3. Project Officer: Grants
    4. Project Officer: Peace Museum

    Deadline: June 5th, 2015

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    Vacancy announcement
  • Listening to Communities – Karen (Kayin) State is now available in Burmese and now available for download. This publication examines and elevates the voices, needs, concerns and perspectives of communities in Karen State regarding the ongoing Myanmar Peace Process and the future for the country.
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  • Myanmar: Portraits of Diversity Screening, New York City, New York

    On the 15th of April, the Rubin Museum of Art will showcase CPCS’ video series Myanmar: Portraits of Diversity. The films – commissioned by CPCS, Directed by Kannan Arunasalam, with film and editing by Kannan and Ed Perkins – will be shown at 1:00 – 2:30pm, followed by a discussion with the Venerable Tayzar Dipati, whose work is featured in the series. This event is open to the public. For more information or to purchase tickets, please follow the link below.
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    Myanmar: Portraits of Diversity Screening, New York City, New York
  • Portraits of Diversity Film Launch, Washington D.C, U.S.A

    The United States Institute for Peace (USIP) is hosting a film launch for Myanmar Portraits of Diversity in Washington D.C. USIP was established to increase capacity to manage international conflict without violence. The April 9th event will include a Q & A with CPCS’ Director Emma Leslie, Venerable U Tayza Dipati and USIP’s Rev. Susan Hayward. The films highlight Myanmar’s diverse religious communities. Directed by Kannan Arunasalam with filming and editing by Kannan Arunasalem and Ed Perkins. Click here for more information.

    Portraits of Diversity Film Launch, Washington D.C, U.S.A
  • Commemoration of the Paris Peace Accords

    The 23rd of October, 2014, marks the 23rd anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords. On this day, the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies is proud to share a commemorative speech delivered by CPCS Director, Emma Leslie, from an event held in Phnom Penh to celebrate this landmark of peace in Cambodian history. Click here for more information.

    Commemoration of the Paris Peace Accords
  • Struggle for Peace Editorial

    Making war is often easier than making peace. After decades of violent conflict, the possibility of peace, even if it is distant and fragile, raises numerous questions and doubts. – Nerea Bilbatua

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    Struggle for Peace Editorial
Listening to Communities – Karen (Kayin) State

Conversations with over 100 people from all walks of life across Karen (Kayin) State in Myanmar took place to better understand different views on the peace process and the current needs of their communities. Employing listening methodology as the primary research method, analysis pulled out common and reoccurring themes in the minds of those who participated. This publication raises their voices and draws upon the insight and wisdom of people directly affected by ongoing conflict and the Myanmar peace process.
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Struggle for Peace:
The 25 year journey of the ABSDF

A historical examination of the ABSDF and their experience of armed struggle in Myanmar. This publication follows the journey of the group from protesting students, to armed revolutionaries to their involvement in the ongoing peace process in the country.
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Listening to Voices:
Myanmar Foot Soldiers

Analysing the peace process in Myanmar from the perspective of foot soldiers from some of the country’s non-state armed groups, this publication elevates the needs and concerns of this critical stakeholder in moving towards a democratic Myanmar.
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Portraits of Diversity

A series of video portraits featuring individuals that represent Myanmar’s different religious communities and highlight the kinds of inter-faith connections and engagement that take place naturally around the country.

Dr Khin Win Kyu
U Tayzar Dipati
U Aye Lwin
U Nay Win
Saw Poe Kwar

Peace work of this kind is a matter for heroes. By hero, I mean one who has come far on the path of breaking free from confusion. Heroes are capable of separating themselves out of the work they do. They do not mistake recognition for self worth or criticism for hostility or competition – nor their insights for political or social power, their contribution to transformation with saving the world, their feelings of guilt for motivation. They do not confuse empathy with disenfranchisement of others, and they are able to laugh about themselves, to cry with others and to say ‘no’ when it is necessary, although unpopular. –Dietrich, W. (2013). Elicitive Conflict Transformation and the Transrational Shift in Peace Politics. (W. Sützl, & V. Hindley, Trans.) New York: Palgrave Macmillian. Pg 13