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Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution Professor and Center for World Religions Director, George Mason University

February 12th, 2010

Area of Expertise: Civil Society, Religion, War and Conflict
Language: English
Field of Work: Academia, Activist/Humanitarian, Author/Novelist, Religious Leader, Think tank/Research center
City: Arlington
Country: USA
Continent: North America


Marc Gopin Marc Gopin Marc Gopin is the James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, and the Director of the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

Dr. Gopin conducts research on values dilemmas as they apply to international problems of globalization, clash of cultures, development, social justice and conflict. His research is found in numerous book chapters and journal articles, and in his four books: Between Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence and Peacemaking (Oxford University Press, 2000), Holy War, Holy Peace: How Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2002), Healing the Heart of Conflict (Rodale Press, 2004), and To Make the Earth Whole (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). Dr. Gopin has lectured on conflict resolution in Switzerland, Ireland, India, Italy, and Israel, as well as at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and numerous other academic institutions. He has trained thousands of people worldwide in peacemaking strategies for complex conflicts in which religion and culture play a role, and has engaged in back channel diplomacy with religious, political and military figures on both sides of conflicts, especially in the Arab/Israeli conflict. He is a proponent of citizen diplomacy and peace-building with religious, cultural, and ethical sensitivity.

He has appeared on numerous media outlets, including CNN, CNN International, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, Israel Radio, National Public Radio, The Connection, Voice of America, and the national public radios of Sweden, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. He has been published in the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, and his work has been featured in news stories of The Times of London, The Times of India, Associated Press, and Newhouse News Service, regarding issues of conflict resolution, religion and violence.

Dr. Gopin is also the creator and principal author of, a daily weblog exploring the transformation of conflicts facing humanity. Most recently, Dr. Gopin is spearheading initiatives at CRDC to increase the use of social media and networking in the field of conflict resolution. Such efforts have led to an increased presence on popular social networking sites as well as the creation of a podcast show, “Peace Steps.” Dr. Gopin was ordained as a rabbi at Yeshiva University in 1983 and received a Ph.D. in religious ethics from Brandeis University in 1993.

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