Conference Plans Direction of Peace Research at ICAR

Posted: February 13, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The faculty members of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) and other George Mason faculty will join with some of the best research minds in the business to contemplate the direction of their peace-related research for the next few years. Approximately 30 invited participants are meeting on the third floor of the Johnson Center today through Sunday for “Research Programs In Conflict Resolution: A Conference for Faculty and Conflict Resolution Specialists.”

The conference goal is to plan the nature of the research that should be carried out at ICAR over the next few years. The four major themes chosen are globalization and violence, religion and conflict, reflective practice, and conflict and change.

The list of invited participants includes three George Mason professors, Janine Wedel, School of Public Policy; Johanna Bockman, director and assistant professor of Global Affairs; and Peter Mandaville, director, Center for Global Studies, and professor of Public and International Affairs; as well as Joseph Montville, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., who was recently appointed distinguished visiting fellow at ICAR. Mari Fitzduff, Brandeis University, and former director of International Conflict Research, and Ron Fisher, Professor, School of International Service, American University, are two other notable participants.

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