Engaging, Empowering, and Building Peace...
One community at a time.
Engaging, Empowering, and Building Peace...
One community at a time.
Engaging, Empowering, and Building Peace...
One community at a time.

A Message From the Director

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April 4, 2018
Volker will be conducting a case writing workshop as part of the International Studies Association Annual Convention in San Francisco (8:15am-12:15pm, Hilton Hotel, Room Yosemite C).

April 19-21
Birthe and Volker will attend the 2017 Welcoming Interactive in Atlanta, http://www.welcominginteractive.org/

April 5-7
Volker will attend the Peace & Stability Operations Training and Education Workshop (PSOTEW) in Rockville, MD, https://pksoi.armywarcollege.edu/conferences/psotew/

February 22
Volker teaches a "Case Writing Career Workshop" at the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association in Baltimore, MD

February 22-25
Volker and Amanda will attend the Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association in Baltimore, MD, http://www.isanet.org/Conferences/Baltimore-2017

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News Flash!

TRENDS Global is launching a peace and security case studies series in partnership with the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute at the U.S. Army War College. Details about the case program can be found here:


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Transnational Research and Engagement in Diverse Societies

Violence, poverty, famine, drought, and disease continue to define people’s lives around the world. Globally, more than 800 million people still live on less than $1.25 a day, nearly one out of every nine people go to bed hungry every night, nearly 6 million children die every year before their 5th birthday, more than 40 percent of the world’s population do not have enough water, and fertile land is disappearing 30-35 times faster than in the past. Poverty, armed conflict, crime, torture, inequality, racism, and exploitation remain sources of conflict that continue to stand in the way of progress and prosperity.

In the United States, more than 45 million people and nearly 20 percent of all children live in poverty and income inequalities are rising. America’s crime and homicide rates are among the highest in the industrialized world, racial and gender discrimination persist, and energy scarcity is rising. These problems affect everybody, especially those who have the least access to social, economic, and political resources.

The motivation for TRENDS Global and the key principle guiding our ideas for research and engagement in diverse societies is that empowerment of disadvantaged and underserved populations, transforms communities and strengthens societies. TRENDS Global promotes the search for both localized and global strategies for resolving conflict by pursuing two main goals:

Research Goals

Conduct and foster research with long-term impact

  • Conduct research with an impact for resolving and transforming interpersonal, societal and international conflict
  • Establish global interdisciplinary research clusters and partnerships to analyze emerging social and political challenges and explore opportunities for constructively engaging current conflicts
  • Serve as an incubator for research intended to support disempowered and underserved populations
  • Provide professional training to emerging thought leaders, scholars and practitioners from developing countries and underserved communities

Engagement Goals

Engage individuals and diverse communities locally, nationally and globally
  • Facilitate global understanding through purposeful intercultural encounters and international exchanges 
  • Develop projects and structures to support disempowered and underserved populations in improving everyday living conditions
  • Recognize and address diversity through community needs assessments and demand-sensitive engagement
  • Provide project impact assessments and external evaluations of community research and engagement projects conducted by third parties
  • Bring together thought leaders and experts from academia, government, and industry to discuss innovative solutions
  • Identify, mentor, and empower the next generation of community leaders