Colleagues in the conflict resolution and negotiation field took a significant step forward during the last 18 months by convening a diverse group of American leaders to examine the deteriorating relations between the United States and the Muslim world. Their work, facilitating the discussions, have produced a call for a change in American strategy for reversing hte spread of terrorism and extremism. Cover of the process and the complete report at this link.
A reading of Taha Muhammad Ali's poem "Revenge" was read at the 11th Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival. A video of the reading and poem text is available here.
Nobel Prize in Economics Goes to 2 Scholars Who Developed Game Theory as Analytical Tool in Public Policy
The Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel 2005 was awarded to two scholars who developed the use of game theory to analyze public policy. Their understanding of human behavior in managing conflict is a significant step towards making cooperation more likely in resolving disputes. view article
The Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies: Visiting Fellows Programs, 2006-2007
The Kroc Institute at the University of Notre Dame brings together outstanding scholars to conduct peace-related research under two programs.
We invite applications for our Visiting Fellows Program from advanced pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, and senior scholars for a semester or year to research themes including the peacemaking role of international norms, policies, and institutions; approaches to the study and resolution of violence; and the quest for social and economic justice. The Kroc Institute provides fellows with a stipend ranging from $20,000 - $25,000 per semester and housing; for further information and the application form, see http://kroc.nd.edu. For questions, contact Dr. Martha Merritt, Associate Director firstname.lastname@example.org. Application materials must be postmarked on or before November 1, 2005.
The Institute also invites applications for Rockefeller Visiting Fellowships in its Program in Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding (PRCP). For the 2006-07 year, the PRCP encourages applications which aim to foster greater sophistication in the public knowledge of and discourse about religion's roles in conflict. Fellowships are open to seior and junior scholars in the humanities and social sciences, as well as religious leaders and peacebuilding practitioners. Stipends begin at $35,000 per year and housing. Further information and application instructions are available at http://kroc.nd.edu. For questions, contact Rashied Omar, PRCP Coordinator, email@example.com. Application materials must be postmarked on or before November 15, 2005.
PCI and NPCC have published a report on the emerging role of universities as forums for collaborative approaches to public policymaking. The 20-page report is based on a PCI survey of 42 dispute resolution and consensus building programs housed in universities in 35 states.
In the past decade, the role of universities as neutral forums and providers of conflict resolution and consensus building services has grown significantly. Numerous universities across the country now offer service, research, and training. And more programs are emerging each year.
In his foreword to the report, William D. Ruckelshaus, who served as the first EPA administrator, writes: "I am convinced that every state would benefit from having at least one university offering its intellectual assets and process expertise to assist citizens and governments in resolving disputes." Ruckelshaus has himself helped establish two such programs, one at the University of Wyoming and the other, the Washington Policy Consensus Center, is a joint program of the University of Washington and Washington State University.
Charles B. Reed, Chancellor for the California State University and a PCI/NPCC Board member, explains in his foreword: "As university leaders, we need to find new ways to fulfill the university mission of serving the public and improving the lives of our citizens. The university can serve as a forum for the discussion and critical examination of ideas and issues. We can have a positive effect in important areas of public concern that overlap with our public service mission."
Download the University Report (406 KB PDF), or order free hard copies by contacting PCI.
The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and ESSEC Irene at the Institute for Research and Education on Negotiation in Europe are hosting a special conference called New Trends in Negotiation Teaching: Toward a Trans-Atlantic Network on November 14-15, 2005.
New Jersey has the only statewide network of regional ethics offices to mediate disputes among family members, or between physicians and family members. See the article Jersey targets end-of-life issues: Regional ethics panels, the only statewide system, aid family disputes.
Internship Opportunities at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice University of San Diego
The application deadline for summer 2005 is March 30.
University Convening Centers
The Policy Consensus Initiative (PCI) and the National Policy Consensus Center launched a Collaborative Governance Network of university-based centers, in January, 2005. The Network will serve as convening places and laboratories for use of collaborative approaches to manage critical public policy issues, particularly at the state and regional levels. CNCR is one of nine "charter" centers in the Network, in seven states, including North Carolina, California, Oregon, Washington, Virginia, and Texas.
Partnering with PCI, the centers will position themselves as learning laboratories that experiment with collaborative governance strategies, evaluate their success, and disseminate lessons learned throughout the country. They have agreed to the following:
- Support public leaders in their efforts to convene stakeholders to solve public problems more collaboratively;
- Provide civil, non-partisan forums for addressing state and regional issues;
- Conduct assessments of issues that should be addressed collaboratively, and identify the partners--government, private-sector, NGOs, citizens--that need to be involved in addressing them;
- Provide access to information, tools, and networks that will help projects move forward;
- Experiment with systems-based collaborative governance processes that integrate the best available knowledge, science, and methods; and
- Connect and engage with other centers through PCI and the Network.As members of the Network, the centers are committed to collaborative approaches, to evaluating the success of their efforts, and to sharing the knowledge that emerges from their experiences.
In September 2004, we joined the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (international secretariat: European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP) in Utrecht, The Netherlands) and will be responsible, with colleagues in the U.S. and Canada, for preparing a regional agenda for the global conference that will be taking place at UN Headquarters in New York, 19-21, July 2005.
The conference is on The Role of Civil Society in the Prevention of Armed Conflict and Peacebuilding. In brief, the primary purpose of this undertaking is to create a fundamental shift in how the world responds to conflict by developing a common platform for effective action in conflict prevention from the community to the global level (and with the expectation that regional mechanisms will be put in place to deal with conflicts within nations--an area that, by its charter, the UN is constrained from doing).
Take a few minutes to read the December, 2003 article "Daniel Pearl's Father, Islamic Scholar Begin Public Interfaith Dialogue" about the work of Judea Pearl's efforts to bring Muslims and Jews together in the wake of the 2002 murder of his son, journalist Daniel Pearl.
Below you will find feature articles from past issues of our newsletter, CNCR News, listed topically. If other articles on our Web site are also relevant to a topic, they are listed along with that particular newsletter.
This issue focuses on areas in which conflict resolution and consensus agreements have been successful in resolving "thorny" problems.
This issue focuses on state governments and dispute resolution.
Fall 1994/Winter 1995
This issue focuses on settlement. You may also want to read Settlement Secrecy Wrongly Hurts the Public's Right to Know, by Sanford M. Jaffe and Linda Stamato, which can be found with the Opinion pieces.
Winter 1993 and Fall 2000
These issues focus on conflict resolution in education. You may also want to read When Conflicts Occur, Try Student Mediation, by Linda Stamato, which can be found with the Opinion Pieces. In addition, take a few minutes to read Instant Conflicting by Richard Cohen, Founder and Director, School Mediation Associates, and "An ADR Approach to School Financing Disputes," from PolicyConsensus.org's January E-Newsletter. An excerpt from the article can be found on our Web site.