Mari Fitzduff

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Mari Fitzduff is currently the Director and Professor of the Master’s Program in Coexistence and Conflict, and the Master’s Dual Degree Program in Development and Coexistence at Brandeis University.  Previously she was Director of UNU/INCORE, the United Nations International Conflict Research center. From 1990 – 1997 she was the Founding Director of the Community Relations Council, the main governmental funding and development agency for conflict resolution work in Northern Ireland.

Fitzduff has worked on programs on conflict resolution, human rights, and diversity/coexistence work in the Basque Country, the Caucasus, Sri Lanka, Middle East, Indonesia, Russia, Crimea, Cameroon, Liberia, Philippines, Peru and Columbia.  She is utilized as an international expert by many organizations such as the British Council, the Commonwealth, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Department of Political Affairs, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and the World Bank, as well as by many international governments such as the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, DiFID, the UK’s Department for International Development, the Israeli Knesset, the Swedish Government for Foreign affairs, and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Fitzduff is also an academic advisory expert for the Club of Madrid, and the Alliance of Civilizations, and is on the International Council on Conflict Resolution for the Carter Cente, and is also  Chair of Coexistence International

Courses Taught:

Successful Peace Processes: Mediation Support Unit, UN Department Political Affairs

Post Conflict Evaluation. World Bank Post-Conflict Evaluation  (IPDET)

Post Conflict and Security. Geneva Centre for Security Policy .

Theories and Causes of Conflict,  Brandeis University.

Strategies for Coexistence Interventions: Brandeis University.

Theories of Social Change: Brandeis University.

Managing Peace Processes: UNU/INCORE

Influencing Policy Makers: Responding to Conflict, (RTC).

Conflict, Ethnicity and Nationalism: British Council N. Ireland.

Culture and National Identity: British Council, Ukraine,

Conflict and Peace Building:  British Council Indonesia.

Shaping and Influencing South Asia Regional Policy:  Salzburg Seminar

Leadership and Conflict: United Nations University International Leadership Academy Jordan.

Conflict Resolution for Diplomats: Centre for International Understanding. Northern Ireland and Cyprus.

Conflict Resolution and Diversity Management. University of Ulster.

Research Interests:

Peace Processes.

Public Policy on Diversity Issues

Professional/Graduate Education Coexistence Issues.

Social Psychology of Intercommunal/IntersocietalConflict.

Selected Publications:

Fitzduff, Mari: (2002)  ‘Beyond Violence – Conflict Resolution Processes in Northern Ireland‘   a UNU/Brookings publication  which has won an American Library Associations Notable Book award,

Fitzduff, Mari and Church, Cheyanne: (2004) ‘NGO’s at the Table’ published by Rowan and Littlefield,

Fitzduff, Mari, Gormley-Heenan, Cathy, and Peake, Gordon: (2005) From Warlords To Peacelords: Local Leadership Capacity in Peace Processes University of Ulster.

Fitzduff, Mari and Stout,Chris Eds.: (2006) ‘The Psychology of Solving Global Conflicts: From War to Peace’ 3 volume series co-edited with Chris Stout.

Fitzduff, Mari Christine. “Fitzduff, Mari: (2010) ‘Women and War in Northern Ireland – A Slow Growth to Power.” Peace Prints, a South Asian Journal of Peacebuilding.. Vol. 3.. No. 1: Spring 2010 Gender Peace and Conflict (2010): 1-10.

Fitzduff, Mari Christine. (2009)  “From Violence to Agreement – the work of the Community Relations Council in Northern Ireland..” The New Humanitarians :Inspiration, Innovations and Blueprints for Visionaries.. First ed. vol. 1 Ed. Chris Stout. Westport CT: Greenwood, 2008

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