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

  • October 23, 2017 - 5:00pm

    Louis M Wasser is an advanced graduate student in Yale’s political science department. He graduated from Cornell in 2007 with a BA in Government and a minor in International Relations. Prior to graduate school Louis was based in Cairo, where he worked primarily as an economic journalist, covering issues ranging from Egypt’s energy sector to Somali piracy’s impact on Suez Canal revenues. His work has been published in the Financial Times and San Francisco Chronicle, among other places. Louis’ research interests include opposition group strategies (armed and unarmed), the Middle East and North Africa, natural resources, and the American Civil War.

  • October 24, 2017 - 5:00pm

    Anand Gopal is a professor in Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University. His field work is conducted primarily in Syria and Iraq, where he studies anti-state mobilization and rebel governance. He completed his doctorate in sociology, focusing on civil war and state formation in Afghanistan, at Columbia University. He’s a fellow at the Nation Institute.

  • November 13, 2017 - 5:00pm

    Orit Bashkin, University of Chicago
    Sebastian Maisel, Grand Valley State University

    Naysan Adlparvar, Yale University