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Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute


Peace & Diplomacy Research Institute

What We Do

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Ms. Diana Benoit

Director of PDRI

+248 438 1230

What we do? 

PDRI’s overall research covers a wide range of topics related to peace and diplomacy with a particular emphasis on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and the Western Indian Ocean region. PDRI is committed to promoting interdisciplinary research with that aims to understand the causes and consequences of peace and conflict. Such research projects will be of immediate policy relevance and have a significant influence in promoting stability and governance. 

Thematic Research Areas 

  • Civil Society 
  • Conflict Analysis and Prevention 
  • Democracy and Governance 
  • Gender Issues 
  • Geopolitics of the Indian Ocean 
  • Health and Peace Nexus 
  • Human Rights and Justice 
  • Maritime Security 
  • Mediation, Negotiation and Dialogue 
  • Nonviolent Social Change 
  • Peace Processes



  • The Chinese community in Seychelles. This project is funded by the Confucius Institute at the University of Seychelles. 
  • A comparative analysis of transitional justice processes in small island developing states. 
  • The truth, reconciliation and national unity process in Seychelles. 
  • Breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma: Psychosocial healing and reconciliation in Seychelles. This project is funded by the Durban University of Technology, South Africa. 
  • Transforming conflict and building positive peace. This project is funded by the Commonwealth Peace and Reconciliation Challenge Grants (The Association of Commonwealth Universities).   
  • The anticipated new status for the Chagos Islands.  
  • The role of the National Assembly of Seychelles. This project is funded by the National Assembly of Seychelles to commemorate its 30th anniversary. 
  • Strengthening multilateralism for peace and sustainable development.

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