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Josef Korbel School of International StudiesSié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy

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Inclusive Approaches to Violence Reduction, Peacebuilding, and Governance

A key insight driving a wide range of policy decisions in conflict and post-conflict contexts is that inclusive approaches to governance, mobilization, and problem-solving are necessary to prevent or reduce violence, promote peaceful behavior and outcomes, and ensure more equitable and prosperous societies. However, most struggle to define inclusiveness or articulate how it operates. Inclusiveness, as a strategy, has not yet received rigorous and sustained scholarly attention.

To better understand whether and when inclusive strategies reduce violence and contribute to peacebuilding and governance, we need improved data resources, especially at the meso- and micro-levels, and focused case studies that carefully trace the meanings and operation of inclusion and how it affects political processes. Our research program aims to produce the data necessary to rigorously evaluate the links between inclusiveness and violence reduction in a range of conflict-affected contexts and settings.

Project Partner

The program is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York as part of its "Rigor and Relevance Initiative" aimed at improving the transfer of research and expertise between higher education and the policy world in the area of global affairs. This project builds on a previous Carnegie-funded project investigating Nonviolent Strategies in Violent Settings

Project Aims

In addition to collecting quantitative and qualitative data on inclusion, this project aims to cultivate a scholarly research community around inclusion and strengthen linkages between academics and policymakers, including activists in business and civil society. 

Learn more about our:

  • Post-doctoral scholar program, which trains junior scholars in rigorous study of inclusion, peacebuilding, and violence;
  • Practitioner-in-residence program, which brings policymakers and activists to the Josef Korbel School to inform and be informed by ongoing research;
  • Research seminar series, where scholars present works-in-progress to gather feedback from faculty members and a PhD discussant; and
  • Denver Dialogue events, large forums designed to create a public dialogue among established authorities on issues related to twenty-first century challenges to global peace and security.

The Sié Center also publishes the weekly blog Denver Dialogues, hosted on the award-winning Political Violence at a Glance, to connect current events with academic research. 

Research Team

  • Deborah Avant, Professor, and Sié Chéou-Kang Chair
  • Marie Berry, Assistant Professor
  • Erica Chenoweth, Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard University
  • Cullen Hendrix, Professor
  • Oliver Kaplan, Associate Professor
  • Tricia Olsen, Associate Professor (Daniels College of Business)