​The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (CHS) is an inter-disciplinary research and study center that conducts original and rigorous research on the causes, impact and responses to conflict, humanitarian crisis, state fragility and transitions in the Middle East and North Africa. 

Through integrating research and teaching work, CHS seeks to reconcile the worlds of theory and practice in order to focus more directly on effective problem solving. The CHS provides unique graduate education for scholars and humanitarian practitioners interested in understanding and responding to the challenges faced by war-torn communities in the region. It does so in partnership with world-leading academic and policy centers. 

Advising and consultancy services are also offered by the CHS. The CHS builds on the collective scholarship of its own dedicated staff, DI faculty members, as well as researchers at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies.

​The MSc in Conflict Management and Humanitarian Action (CMHA)​ is the flagship teaching activity for the CHS.



The mission of CHS is to create a scholarly hub of excellence that has the ability to generate first class knowledge and disseminate best practices capable of informing and supporting policy and decision makers across the Middle East and North Africa. Through instituting regionally rooted knowledge in this critical field, CHS aims to optimize effective response to conflict and humanitarian needs based on the following principles:

  1. Justice is fundamental for the success of conflict resolution and reconstruction processes
  2. Historical and cultural contextualization of the challenges faced by the region is necessary to develop critical and reflexive methodologies and policies 
  3. Local communities and their cultural determinants play a key role and should be integrated through meaningful participation in decision-making 
  4. Greater collaboration between regional and international donors, recipient governments, affected communities, implementing agencies and academics is imperative 

Research, Teaching and Practice

Conflict and humanitarian studies requires students and staff to connect their heads, their hearts and their hands in a concerted and systematic effort to catalyze constructive change in the world in which we find ourselves. 

​Through its interconnected program of research and teaching with a focus on applied theory and practice, CHS offers staff and students a dynamic environment to engage in real-life scenarios and contribute to relevant debates.