Convening Influential Thinkers
In a world beset by violent conflict, contributions for a safer and more peaceful world are made through innovative thinking, shared insights, and effective policies. The Pearson Global Forum convenes the world’s foremost thinkers and influencers each year for the purpose of informing and developing new strategies to prevent, resolve, and recover from conflict. By promoting dialogue between diverse academics, policymakers, and other stakeholders, we elevate research findings and help scholars secure the exposure and cooperation necessary to advance their research. And for policymakers, we provide access to expert direction and insights they can use to create effective public policy. By bridging this critical gap between research and policy, The Pearson Global Forum can directly impact people and societies around the world.
Through The Pearson Global Forum, The Pearson Institute will engage with communities worldwide whose stakeholders want to contribute to a world more at peace.
Legislators and Public Policy Professionals
Legislators and public policy professionals understand the value of rigorous inquiry that reveals causal relationships across the landscape of violent conflict, from political and economic catalysts to strategies for postconflict resolution. The Pearson Global Forum creates a platform that bridges the gap between research and public policy.
International development organizations are grappling with how to effectively address violent conflicts and ultimately save millions of lives. A growing number of international organizations, such as the United Nations, have called for evidence-based approaches to help develop better policy solutions.
Modern militaries are struggling to effectively address a new era of global conflicts—one that now includes a spectrum of entities from global superpowers, to state, substate, and nonstate groups such as terrorist, insurgent, and drug-trafficking organizations. Recent studies have examined these new threats, evaluating the effectiveness of current counterinsurgency and counterterrorism strategies. Researchers at The Pearson Institute are employing theoretical models and empirical analysis to help determine the drivers of conflict and predict future violent behavior. With this knowledge, military leaders will be better able to deploy resources to prevent and resolve conflicts.
No entity suffers more from conflict than civil society; it is also typically at the forefront of resolving it. This pivotal role has been recognized many times through prizes that honored the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in 1964, the Northern Ireland Peace People in 1976, Rigoberta Menchú in 1992, and Liu Xiaobo in 2010. The Pearson Global Forum places civil society at the heart of building new ideas and new strategies for peace.
In the years following the 9/11 attacks, a new generation of researchers from across disciplines has created a rapidly emerging area of scholarship in the study of violent conflicts that has become one of the most innovative research agendas across the social sciences. The Pearson Institute provides a forum for these scholars to share and advance their work by participating in seminars and workshops—and by attending each year The Pearson Global Forum.
At Harris Public Policy and other institutions, students have broad research and career interests that include global conflict research, economic development, military and security, public policy, and much more. The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum provide broad exposure to an issue that encapsulates all these areas of study.
In the Trenches.
MATTANI, PAKISTAN - OCTOBER 2008: A Pakistani Frontier Corps soldier holds a shoulder-mounted rocket-propelled grenade in a trench in Mattani, Pakistan, a village about 30 kilometers outside of Peshawar.
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