The Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence is an interdisciplinary research program headquartered at, and supported by the MacMillan Center. It straddles boundaries by fostering pioneering and rigorous theoretical and empirical research on human conflict in all its dimensions. It promotes innovative research on questions related to the rise and collapse of order, including the origins and consequences of polarization; the causes and consequences of the breakdown, emergence, and consolidation of local, national, or transnational political order; the determinants of strategies, types, and consequences of conflict; and the dynamics of its violent escalation and de-escalation. The Program encourages research, at both the micro and macro levels, that is question-driven, methodologically eclectic, and takes context seriously.


To achieve its aims, the Program offers residential pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships and organizes various activities, from lectures to workshops and conferences. Since its establishment in 2004, the Program has organized more than 150 talks and a dozen conferences and workshops; it has hosted more than twenty fellows and visiting scholars; and has nurtured tens of graduate and undergraduate student associates. Through its combined activities, the Program has helped to make Yale the preeminent site for cutting-edge research on questions related to order, conflict, and violence.

Upcoming Events

  • May 1, 2017 - 11:45am

    Political Order in the Aftermath of Civil War: Wartime Rule and Local Governance in Rural Colombia

  • May 2, 2017 - 4:30pm

    The following authors will discuss their books:

    Laia Balcells, Duke University, Rivalry and Revenge: The Politics of Violence during Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2017)

    Zeynep Bulutgil, Tufts University, The Roots of Ethnic Cleansing in Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

    Adria Lawrence, Johns Hopkins University, Imperial Rule and the Politics of Nationalism: Anti-Colonial Protest in the French Empire (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

    Harris Mylonas, The George Washington University, The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2012)

    Abbey Steele, University of Amsterdam, Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War (Cornell University Press, 2017)