About Us

Indonesia, like most modern multiethnic, multiracial, and multi-religious societies, is facing an escalation in outbreaks on inter-group conflicts.

The problems within Indonesia are compounded by several factors. Historically, inter-group conflict has been instigated by the military as a means of justifying its hold over the government. Consequently, investigation into the real roots of these tensions or into non-violent means of controlling them has rarely been allowed in the past. Since the existence of inter-group tensions was all but denied by the ruling government, no effort was made toward the crafting of long term resolutions aimed at preventing future conflict.

As Indonesia emerges from almost 40 years of political and social repression, renewed conflict has once again erupted across the archipelago. The new government, in an effort to reign in the heavy-handed military tactics used by the former regime, is faced with escalating violence and few strategies for reconciliation. In order to implement successful, non-violent approaches to conflict resolution and peace-building in Indonesia, two issues require attention. First, focused, unhindered, and thoughtful research must be conducted on the subject of inter-group dynamics and the sources of continuing tension, and second, conflict resolution and group mediation training must be made available at every level, from government to civil society.

In an effort to address these needs, the Southeast Asia Studies Program at Ohio University and the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Indonesia in Jakarta have established the Center for Research on Inter-Group Relations and Conflict Resolution. The center is housed in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Indonesia, and is managed by a team of senior University of Indonesia social scientists with a strong interest in and commitment to social research. Senior faculty members from both the University of Indonesia and Ohio University act as the Center’s Steering Committee and Advisory Board.

CERIC FISIP UI was founded on October 2000 with initial funding from The Asia Foundation, with continuing funding to be provided by an endowment established within the private sector, or via government donations.

OBJECTIVES

  1. To establish a resource center of current reference literature pertaining to inter-group relations and conflict resolution.
  2. To support and promote original, cogent, and sophisticated research projects on inter-group tensions in different parts of Indonesia.
  3. To support the establishment of similar centers at universities in every province of Indonesia and to build a cooperative resource network between these and other centers in order to facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the issues throughout Indonesia.
  4. To develop and implement short courses on conflict management, reduction, and resolution, and consultation services for community members, non-governmental organizations, and government officials.
  5. To sponsor meetings and symposia bringing together social science scholars, researchers, and practitioners working in the fields of inter-group relations, conflict resolution and human rights.
  6. To promote the development of a social science database on inter-group relations and conflict management in the context o related human rights issues.
  7. To improve the quality and relevance of teaching of, and academic inquiry into the field of inter-group relations and conflict resolution in the context of related human rights issues.
  8. To provide research and experiential learning opportunities to university students both from the university of Indonesia and from visiting institutions.

Although the Center is located in Jakarta, one of the primary missions is to promote the development of similar centers in other regions of the country. Our vision is for these centers to form a cooperative information network to promote national discussion, while at the same time serving the specific needs of the region in which each center is located. In addition, conflict resolution training programs can be crafted to fit the specific needs of the most violence-prone areas.


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