Nadim Rouhana

Nadim Rouhana

Professor of International Affairs and Conflict Studies, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Director, Haifa’s Mada al-Carmel-Arab Center for Applied Social Research

From his experience growing up as a Palestinian in Israel to his extensive research and practice in the field, Nadim Rouhana has examined protracted social conflict from various angles. His research highlights the centrality of identity, history, and justice in such conflicts and underscores the need to develop both theories and practical tools for addressing them. He is the former director of Point of View, an international research and retreat center at George Mason University’s Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He comes to the Fletcher School with an illustrious career under his belt, and he sees his role as an opportunity to critically examine conflict studies and develop a new paradigm of conflict resolution that will include perspectives beyond those developed in the West.

Rouhana’s recent publications and projects underscore his commitment to highlighting the importance of history in conflict studies. He is currently working with a colleague from UCLA to plan a conference titled “Looking Past, Looking Forward: The History and Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” The conference kicks off a project to discuss future relations between Palestinians and Israelis by examining the nature of their past encounters.


B.A., University of Haifa

M.A., University of Western Australia

Ph.D., Wayne State University

Research interests

International dispute resolution, conflict studies, power asymmetry

Selected publications

  • “Reconciling History and Equal Citizenship in Israel: Democracy and the Politics of Historical Denial.” The Politics of Reconciliation in Multicultural Societies, edited by Will Kymlicka and Bashir Bashir. Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Co-organizer and co-chair of “The Future of Dialogue and Problem Solving Workshops,” a one-day workshop held at Point of View, George Mason University, April 2008.
  • “Exile and Return in Israeli and Palestinian Discourse: Between Division and Coexistence.” Paper presented at conference on “Di/Visions: Culture and Politics of the Middle East,” House of World Cultures, Berlin, Germany, January 2008.
  • Participant in the Yale Law School Middle East Legal Studies Seminar, “The Moral Imperative in the Middle East,” Yale Law School, Istanbul, Turkey, January 2008.



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