What causes conflicts and what contributes to peace? How can we understand the ever-changing landscape of global crises and tensions? How does the research and study of particular religious traditions and social & political ideas & institutions, contribute to conflict-resolution, promotion of peace, religious and cultural diversity, cross-cultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation in our contemporary, increasingly interconnected world?
 
The AUR’s MA program in Peace Studies: Religions in Times of Conflict addresses the critical societal need of promoting conflict resolution, intercultural, and interreligious dialogue. The mission of the program is to educate future professionals, scholars, and activists who will be able to contribute to peace building initiatives and processes.

Students will learn about the complex relationships between religious, political and cultural forces that contribute to wars and conflicts, but that are also decisive in conflict resolution and peace building. The program enables students to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for understanding as well as resolving tensions and conflicts across the globe.

Key strengths of this MA program

This program gives students graduate-level competences for understanding world affairs and conflicts by providing them with strong foundations in international law, conflict resolution and negotiations, and political economy. It also provides students with a distinct perspective vis-à-vis international conflicts and peace building by fostering in-depth understanding of religion and religious institutions in world conflicts. The MA in Peace Studies program also promotes cultural diversity and enables students to understand diverse perspectives and narratives as important elements in conflict creation and conflict resolution.

Another key strength of this program is the breadth of experience, both practical and academic, of the teaching faculty.

Finally, we cannot emphasis enough the stength that our location gives to this program. Rome and the Mediterranean, with their historical significance and extraordinary importance in contemporary international affairs and conflicts, are vital for the program which focuses on the Mediterranean basin and the religious/political forces that shape peace and wars. The proximity of other centers/areas relevant for today’s world affairs – the Middle East, North Africa, Southern/Eastern Europe – is an additional advantage to the location.