Affiliated Institutions

cPASS combines the efforts of methodologically rigorous peace and conflict researchers from different specialties, departments and institutions, bringing together diverse substantive and technical skills.

Cline Center

Cline Center







Director: Scott Althaus

Overview: The Richard G. and Carole J. Cline Center for Democracy is dedicated to advancing human flourishing around the world by using extreme-scale analysis of global news coverage to extract structured insight out of unstructured information, equip researchers with new tools for transforming that insight into deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of social conflict, and empower decision makers to apply this understanding in ways that promote societal well-being around the world.

The Center's mission encompasses several research activities, including monitoring civil unrest around the world; tracking the over-time development of economic, political, and social indicators for 165 countries; and developing new machine algorithms and analysis tools for studying the tens of millions of articles in the Cline Center's global news archive. The Center's mission also supports a wide range of teaching and public engagement activities, from fellowship programs for faculty and graduate students to undergraduate research opportunities and topical symposia for the University of Illinois campus.

Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice


The Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice administers the Peace, Conflict and Justice program (PCJ) is a research center at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.

The program provides undergraduates with an interdisciplinary education covering three central pillars: the meanings and causes of peace, conflict and justice; the lived experiences of living in the context of conflict and struggles for peace and justice; and approaches to resolving conflict and producing peace and/or justice. The topics of study are wide-ranging, including the study of peacemaking and peacebuilding, interstate war and intrastate conflicts, insurgencies, revolutions and rebellions, ethnic strife, global justice, and negotiation theory.

ICONS Project


The International Communication & Negotiation Simulations (ICONS) Project designs and delivers dynamic role-play simulations for students and professionals worldwide. Our interactive online simulations immerse participants in the roles of decision-makers tasked with resolving contentious issues. ICONS simulation exercises feature engaging content, peer collaboration tools, and active learning through our powerful online simulation interface, ICONSnet.

Based at the University of Maryland, ICONS' team includes educators, simulation developers, and subject matter experts. Through our three divisions (Education, Training, and Policy and Research), ICONS serves the online simulation and experiential education needs of a wide spectrum of clients -- from academic instructors to seasoned business executives to policy-makers.

Government Institutions

In addition, government research partners provide a wide network of diverse technological and security skills and resources.

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • SANDIA National Laboratory
  • Naval Postgraduate School

Other Campuses

Affiliates at other UC campuses and outside universities form the core of an informal network of rigorous researchers, dedicated to the study and eradication of conflict.

  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Davis
  • UC Merced
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC Irvine
  • Duke University 
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • SUNY Albany
  • Vanderbilt University