Analysing conflict and its resolution


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 1 August 2004


(2004), "Analysing conflict and its resolution", Kybernetes, Vol. 33 No. 7.



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Analysing conflict and its resolution

This conference will be held from 28 to 30 June 2004 at St Catherine's College, Oxford.

In 1997, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) sponsored a conference in Oxford on the modelling of international conflict. This was the second IMA conference concerned with analytical approaches to conflict. The first conference had taken place in 1984 when the Cold War appeared to be entering a new and dangerous phase, and when the momentous events surrounding the fall of the “iron curtain” had yet to unfold. So it is very appropriate that a further conference is to be held, again in Oxford, at which participants will be able to examine subsequent (and often interrelated) developments in both world security and conflict theory.

This conference is intended as a forum both for those who have to operate directly in arenas of conflict (e.g. the military, staff of NGOs, mediators and counsellors), those whose role is to provide support or advice (e.g. defence analysts and systems contractors) and others who can offer new ways of thinking about and addressing conflict (e.g. peace and conflict researchers). We look forward to contributions drawing upon diverse conceptual bases, including international relations, political science, operational research and systems science, economics, psychology and of course mathematics.

Organising committee: P. Bennett (Department of Health), J. Bryant (Sheffield Hallam University), C. Irwin (Dstl), T. Woodhouse (University of Bradford).

Invited speakers: S. Brams (New York University), K. Green (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), M. Clarke (King's College London), P. Rogers (University of Bradford).

The prime aim of the conference is to provide a fruitful and stimulating environment in which participants from different countries and from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds will readily be able to share knowledge. It is also intended to prompt the creation of a sustainable network of practitioners and researchers interested in the rigorous development of analytical approaches to conflict and its resolution.

For further details of all this conference, visit our Web site: or contact: Lucy Nye, Conference Officer, The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, Catherine Richards House, 16 Nelson Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS1 1EF.

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