The Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) is a consortium for research, practice, and scholarship at Columbia University. We are part of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and are committed to advancing knowledge and best practices in the areas of conflict, violence, peace-building, and sustainable development from an interdisciplinary perspective. The consortium seeks to act as a coordinating and mediating force to facilitate collaboration between existing institutes, centers, scholars, and practitioners at Columbia University. The primary objective of AC4 is to bring people and institutions from a variety of disciplines together to tackle complex problems with increasingly integrated (and interdisciplinary) understandings, methodologies, and solutions.
AC4 was created in collaboration with several conflict resolution entities at Columbia University, including: the M.S. Program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia’s School of Continuing Education, the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) at Teachers College, the Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) and the United Nations Studies Program at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and the Mediation Clinic at Columbia Law School. The consortium is funded through an agreement with the M.S. Program on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia’s School of Continuing Education, as well as through external grants and donations.