INCORE stands for Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity. It was instigated in 1992-93 as a joint programme between the University of Ulster and the United Nations University (Tokyo).
INCORE's aims are:
PSEP funds have been used to refurbish a headquarters building at Aberfoyle House (adjacent to the Magee Campus), and to support core services.
In its work on ethnic conflict and conflict resolution, INCORE always keeps one eye on issues and experiences arising from the Northern Ireland troubles. INCORE brings an international perspective to bear by comparing local events and developments with ethnic conflicts overseas. An example of this approach is a current research project entitled "Coming Out if Violence". This project examines the successes and failures of peace processes in several overseas locations as well as Northern Ireland. The data should provide new insights into how to manage our own problems.
INCORE is also a partner in a project on the 'Art of Mediation'. This project scrutinises the process of mediation in Northern Ireland with special reference to the issues surrounding marches. The project will involve contact with community and resident groups that are employing mediation techniques to resolve disputes.
INCORE is to the fore of the new technology of the Internet. You can view the range of services and information at the URL (http://www.incore.ulst.ac.uk). At the local level INCORE is home to another Internet project, entitled CAIN, which puts archive material on the Northern Ireland troubles on the NET (http://cain.ulst.ac.uk)
INCORE has hosted a variety of conferences, meetings and seminars on topics as varied as mediation techniques, the impact of war on women and UN Peacekeeping. It has organised a summer school on research methods for young researchers, again from both Northern Ireland and overseas. The Chair in Peace Studies announced by US President Clinton during his historic visit in 1995 is based at Aberfoyle House.
In 1997 INCORE acquired a new director, Prof. Mari Fitzduff, who was formerly director of the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council.