Please note that this program ended on June 30, 2018 and the website is no longer being updated.


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

  • September 19, 2019 - 4:30pm

    Book panel discussion with Farthest Field’s author Raghu Karnad; Rohit De, Steven Wilkinson, and Ayesha Ramachandran.
    Farthest Field, 2018, A brilliantly conceived nonfiction epic, a war narrated through the lives and deaths of a single-family.
    Raghu Karnad’s book The Farthest Field (2015) narrates the lost epic of India’s involvement in the Second World War, in which the largest volunteer army in history fought for the British Empire even as Mahatma Gandhi laid the foundation for Indian independence. The Farthest Field carries us from Madras to Peshawar, from Egypt to Burma, unfolding the saga of a family amazed by their swiftly changing world and swept up in its violence. This panel of scholars, including Professors Ayesha Ramachandran and Steven Wilkinson, discusses the real-life history behind the book.
    The photographs of three young men had stood in his grandmother’s house for as long as he could remember, beheld but never fully noticed. They had all fought in the Second World War, a fact that surprised him. Indians had never figured in his idea of the war, nor the war in his idea of India. One of them, Bobby, even looked a bit like him, but Raghu Karnad had not noticed until he was the same age as they were in their photo frames. Then he learned about the Parsi boy from the sleepy south Indian coast, so eager to follow his brothers-in-law into the colonial forces and onto the front line. Manek, dashing and confident, was a pilot with India’s fledgling air force; gentle Ganny became an army doctor in the arid North-West Frontier. Bobby’s pursuit would carry him as far as the deserts of Iraq and the green hell of the Burma battlefront.
    Raghu Karnad was awarded the Windham Campbell Literature Prize 2019.

  • September 24, 2019 - 12:00pm

    Alex Fattal an Assistant Professor of Film-Video & Media Studies at Penn State University will present “Parsing Participation: The Case of Shooting Cameras for Peace in Colombia”.

  • September 26, 2019 - 12:00pm

    Poulami Roychowdhury an Assistant Professor in Sociology at McGill University will present “Incorporation: Governing Gendered Violence in a State of Disempowerment”. This workshop is co-sponsored by South Asian Studies.