The Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (IPCS) was established in 2008 in response to the long-recognized call for a multidisciplinary approach to understand and address, in depth, the conflict and violence that has engulfed Somalia and led to the ultimate demise of the state and the subsequent separation of Somaliland from the rest of Somalia.
The Institute, which was jointly established by the University of Hargeisa and Eastern Mennonite University in the United States of America, engages in teaching and research in the areas of peace and conflict in the Horn Africa. The IPCS, which is the only and the first Institute of its kind within the entire Somali-speaking region in the Horn of Africa, has a duty to provide interested scholars, institute members and students with the opportunity to engage in intensive study and research on Somaliland and Somali-inhabited regions in the Horn of Africa on an interdisciplinary basis.
By enhancing the scale, scope, and excellence of its research, the IPCS aims to emerge as the region’s preeminent peace educator and assume the responsibilities for the future of the field of peace and conflict studies that such a position entails. Within the context of this broad mission, the Institute envisages three interrelated divisions: the academic, the research, and the outreach and development.
The Institute strives to become the leading institution for higher learning and research in the areas of peace and conflict studies in the Horn of Africa.
The IPCS mission is to enhance the essence of peace and conflict management through quality teaching, research and advocacy and disseminate the knowledge in Somaliland and the wider Horn African region.
The IPCS has three overarching goals as part of its strategic intent, each of which advances one or more of the institute wide goals:
- Build IPCS towards becoming a recognized regional center of excellence in teaching, peace and conflict research, and advocate for sustainable peace.
- Diffuse knowledge and enhance graduate education in peace, peace research and conflict transformation.
- Conduct continues peace and conflict researches that would serve as knowledge input to the process of education, political debates and analysis, and in the policy-making
- Respect academic freedom guided by discipline and determination.
- Believe in justice and fairness for all to avoid conflict and violence.
- Adhere to institutional ethics and integrity.
- Believe in growth and optimism guided by innovation and excellence.