The Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution is a multi-disciplinary community of scholars, students, and practitioners who, through academic programs and outreach, promote cross-cultural understanding and collaborative problem-solving. Residing within the Public Policy Center (PPC), the institute emphasizes critical thinking and collaboration to groom future leaders to address contemporary and complex issues in Hawaii, the Asia-Pacific region, and the world.
Office: Saunders Hall 523
Tel: (808) 956-6433
Fax: (808) 956-9121
Students at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution develop a theoretical foundation to advance scholarship in peace studies, including human rights and advocacy, leadership and governance, policy analysis, and communications, while they learn and hone practical conflict management skills to develop as professionals in their chosen field. The institute is committed to building on Hawai'i's cultural heritage and island values of aloha, mutual aid and respect, and sense of community.
Peace Studies broadens students’ perspectives and strengthens critical thinking on issues of war and peace; justice and human rights; and governance.
Conflict Resolution (facilitation, mediation, and negotiation) focuses on community and civic relations, and interpersonal skills vital to good leadership.
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interdisciplinary Studies—major in Peace and Conflict Resolution, or Public Affairs and Policy Studies (offered in partnership with the PPC); Undergraduate Certificate (equivalent to a minor) in Peace Studies; Graduate Certificate in Conflict Resolution
Courses offered by the institute are listed under the subject alpha PACE (Peace and Conflict Education).