Aims and Objectives

The Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies provides a platform of interaction for academics and practitioners in the field of peace and conflict studies. The Centre encourages interdisciplinary debates and conversations between members of staff and students alike and promotes research on the various aspects of war, peace and peacebuilding. Through its growing number of international partners, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies aims to enhance its networks on a global level and to contribute to the relevant current discourses in its area of expertise.

It aims, by its own work and in collaboration with others, to promote research into the political, economic, historical and cultural contexts which give rise to conflict and play a part in its resolution, and to disseminate research into these areas, both within the academic community and in the wider social context. Its underpinning philosophy is that it is only by a real understanding of past and present conflict that conflict resolution can be achieved and that public understanding of the issues contributes to ethically based opinion formation. Sound academic investigation is necessary to avoid a repetition of the countless past conflicts which have been caused by false assumptions about their causes, their likely outcomes and their cost.

The full Strategic Plan expands on these aims and objectives and lays out the Centre's strategy to reach these goals.