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Mission and History

The Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice was the brainchild of the late¬†Mrs. Mamdouha S. Bobst, widow of Elmer Holmes Bobst, who together with her husband promoted philanthropy in the areas of education, health research and human rights. A think tank and research support body closely affiliated with the Princeton University Department of Politics, the Center’s mission is “to advance the cause of peace, mutual understanding and respect for all ethnic traditions and religious faiths, and justice, both within countries and across national borders.” The activities of the Bobst Center therefore focus on the study of peace and justice. The Center sponsors, on its own and jointly with other departments and programs, panel discussions, conferences, seminars and workshops directed toward issues in areas such as sources of conflict and reconciliation, implications of cultural and religious conflicts, nationalism, regime stability and change, pathways for political self-expression, and more.

The Center also serves as a gathering place for scholars and policymakers to exchange ideas and interact with one another in ways relating to policy formation, and to foster mutual respect and cooperation. A special feature of the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice is its collaboration with the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, which provides fertile ground for faculty and graduate exchanges and research on the roles of social justice and political life in the Arab World.