Social Sciences

Welcome to the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies (CGPACS) at the University of California, Irvine.

CGPACS was founded in 1983 by a diverse group of faculty who came together out of concern about the nuclear weapons stand-off between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Although the Soviet Union no longer exists and the Cold War of the 1980s is a thing of the past, the core of the vision of the founders of CGPACS-- the imperative that as citizens and as scholars we pursue the goal of global peace and ward off the dangers of global conflict—continues to animate our work today.

Throughout our more than 30 years of work, we have fostered diverse and outstanding contributions from the UCI community as scholars, students, and citizens, to the promotion of global peace and to innovative and rigorous analysis of the factors shaping global conflict. 

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From Warfare to Wealth: The Military Origins of Urban Prosperity in Europe
Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 12:30 - 1:45p.m. | SST 777


Friday, April 21 to Saturday 22, 2017 - SBSG 1511



Friday, March 17, 2017 - 9:00am–1:00pm - Humanities Gateway 1030

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - SST 777


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Thursday, October 13, 2016, 12:30 – 1:30 pm - SST 777
"Jerusalem: Urban Spatial Changes During Political Uncertainty 1994-2016"
Scott Bollens, Professor and Warmington Chair -  UCI Dept. of Planning, Policy, and Design

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 12:30 – 1:30 pm - SST 777
"Across the Lines: Science in Times of War and Peace"
Laura Mitchell, Associate professor, UCI Dept. of History

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 12:30 – 1:30 pm - SST 777
"Urban Interventions in a Transitioning Society: The Case of 'Post-Peace' Belfast, Northern Ireland"
Scott Bollens, Professor and Warmington Chair - UCI Dept. of Planning, Policy, and Design

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 12:30 – 1:30 pm - SST 777
"Conflict and Trade: Political Instability and the rise of the East India Company"
Dan Bogart, Associate Professor - UCI Dept. of Economics

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 12:30 – 1:30 pm - SST 777
"Sex on the Fob" (Fob – Forward Operating Base)"
Carol Burke, Assistant Professor - UCI Department of English

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 12:30 – 1:30 pm - SST 777
"Lessons in Failure: Institutional Memory in International Organization Crisis Management"
Heidi Hardt, Assistant Professor - UCI Dept. of Political Science

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30 pm - SST 777
"Violence and power and why is it important to differentiate them"
Vlasta Jalusic, Professor, Peace Institute - University of Primorska, Sloveniae

Thursday, February 23, 2017, 12:30 – 1:30 pm - SST 777
"A Revolution That Was Not: The Tiananmen Square Movement Revisited"
Yang Su, Associate Professor - UCI Department of Sociology 

Thursday, March 9, 2017, 12:30 – 1:45 pm - SST 777
"On Government-Industry Nexus and Indigenous Armed Resistance"
Soumyanetra Munshi, Assistant Professor - Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata

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