The Center for Security Studies (CSS) has for many years undertaken research in the field of conflict analysis, in particular with regard to security studies, environmental issues, and the psychological aspects of violent conflict. In recent studies, the role of the private sector in conflict prevention has become increasingly important.
Analysis of environmental conflicts at the CSS has focused for the past four years primarily on cross-border rivers and opportunities for the cooperative and sustainable use of water. Conflict analysis at the CSS follows a systemic approach to the causes and factors that can lead to the prevention or transformation of conflicts. The studies are expected to enhance academic understanding of the issues; they are also designed to have a direct practical use for the regions under investigation. One result of this CSS research area is the doctoral thesis "From Conflict to Cooperation in the Nile Basin" by Simon Mason. The author examines how large groups of people can use scarce resources in a cooperative and sustainable way. The thesis also examines water management practices in Egypt and Sudan and analyzes international perceptions towards water conflict issues in the eastern Nile basin.
Further information: http://www.css.ethz.ch/research/index_EN