James R. Mancham Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute

Why Peace Studies in Seychelles?

Why Peace Studies

The subject of Peace Studies is as intriguing as it is important:

  • it is about war as well as peace;
  • it addresses terrorism along with national confrontations;
  • it is an academic study but also highly practical;
  • it ranges from the boundaries of religion to the hard edge of geopolitics;
  • it encourages abstract debate but cannot shy away from problem-solving;
  • it draws on a variety of disciplines but belongs to none; and
  • it addresses contrasting instances of conflict in different parts of the world.

Given the ubiquitous nature of national and international conflicts – and consequent attempts to resolve them – it is hardly surprising that Peace Studies has taken its place on the world stage.  There is much to be understood, much to be done.  But the ground is by no means saturated, the need to do more by no means met.  The new Institute has an important role to play.

Why Seychelles

Politically, the Republic of Seychelles is a small island state that is a friend of other nations and a threat to none; its neutrality is a key consideration.

Socially, the country has an enviable record of ethnic harmony. It is widely regarded as a peaceful society. Where better to locate an international institute for peace studies?

Geographically, it is located in the Indian Ocean, just a few hours from the African continent and the Middle East, two regions where national and regional conflicts are too often in evidence.

Environmentally, Seychelles is a mecca for tourists who value the exceptional quality of its islands and turquoise seas. As a tranquil backcloth to negotiations on war and peace, it is hard to imagine a more conducive setting.

But there is another reason too why this is an ideal location. For many years, the first President of the Republic of Seychelles, Sir James Mancham forged links with a wide range of international organisations and he, himself, was a renowned spokesperson for peace and reconciliation.

For all these reasons, Seychelles lends itself to this innovative proposal to locate a permanent Institute for peace studies in the Indian Ocean.

James R. Mancham Peace & Diplomacy Research Institute

Contact Us

Ms. Diana Benoit
Director
James R. Mancham Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute

Anse Royale
P.O. Box 1348
Mahé, Seychelles

+248 4381222

Peace@unisey.ac.sc

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