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

  • February 19, 2018 - 5:00pm

    Sara McLaughlin Mitchell received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Michigan State University in 1997. She is Co-Director of the Issue Correlates of War Project (http://www.paulhensel.org/icow.html) and an Associate Editor of Foreign Policy Analysis and Research & Politics. She is coauthor of Domestic Law Goes Global: Legal Traditions and International Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2011), Guide to the Scientific Study of International Processes (Wiley-Blackwell 2012), The Triumph of Democracy and the Eclipse of the West (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), and Conflict, War, and Peace: An Introduction to Scientific Research (CQ Press/Sage 2013), she has edited several special journal issues, and she has published more than thirty journal articles and book chapters. She is the recipient of several major research awards from the National Science Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development, as well as numerous research grants from the University of Iowa and Florida State University. Her areas of expertise include international conflict, democratic peace, international organizations, diversionary theory, international courts, conflict management, territorial, maritime, and river issues, and time series analysis.

    Dinner served at 4:45
    Co-Sponsored by the Macmillan Center International Relations Workshop

  • March 26, 2018 - 5:00pm

    Adam Lichtenheld is a PhD candidate researching forced migration, civil wars, counterinsurgency, peacekeeping, and local governance in conflict and post-conflict environments. His dissertation examines the strategic use of population displacement in armed conflicts, and includes a cross-national analysis of 159 civil wars (1944-2004) along with in-depth case studies from Uganda (1986-2006) and Syria (2011-present). His research has been funded by the United States Institute of Peace, the University of California Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law School, and UC-Berkeley’s Institute of International Studies, Center for African Studies, and Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

    Dinner served at 4:45

  • March 29, 2018 - 12:00pm

    Benedito Machava is a Doctoral Candidate in the History Department at the University of Michigan. His research interests include the political and social history of contemporary Mozambique, the end of colonialism and the birth of an African independent state, and political and social violence, as well as morality, repression, citizenship and nation-building.

    Lunch served at 11:45