The Center for Systemic Peace (CSP) is engaged in innovative, policy-oriented research on the problem of political violence within the structural context of the dynamic global system, that is, global societal-systems analysis. The Center supports scientific research in many issue areas related to the fundamental problems of violence in both human relations and societal development. The focus of CSP research is on the possibilities of complex systemic management of all manner of societal and systemic conflicts. It was originally established as a Web portal to disseminate contemporary and current information regarding crucial aspects of global system dynamics and performance in three key areas of the global system: conflict, governance, and development. The main components of the initiative are the Armed Conflict and Intervention project, which monitors "major episodes of political violence;" the Polity IV project, which monitors general qualities of governance and regime changes; and the Political Instability Task Force, which analyzes the developmental conditions that increase the risks of serious political instability and contribute to a syndrome of "arrested development" and humanitarian crisis. The Center for Systemic Peace has developed special methodologies that allow it to track global and regional trends in conflict management and governance and measure the "peace-building capacity" of each of the (currently) 161 major countries that comprise the global system. It also issues topical and regional analyses of important issues, such as the societal- systemic roots of global terrorism, women in peace and war, political instability in African countries, and the problem of factionalism in democratization. The Center reports its findings in accessible text and graphics on the CSP Web site (http://members.aol.com/cspmgm) and in the biennial report series, Peace and Conflict, published by the Center for International Development and Conflict Management.