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Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
November 07 - 09, 2018
Add to Calendar2018-11-07 09:00:002018-11-09 18:00:00Asia/Jerusalem The First International conference on Innovations in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (ICRM)University Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel

About the Conference

Tel Aviv University is hosting its first International Conference: Innovations in Conflict Resolution and Mediation (ICRM). 

As opposed to conventional conference designs, which conform to a “top-down” orientation, the ICRM conference is intended to serve as a conflict management incubator where new ideas can be presented, much as creative processes take place in the hi-tech world.  Accordingly, the gathering will be home to a broad range of formal parallel sessions involving the full range of disciplines as well as more informal workshops to facilitate creative thinking. 

The central event of the conference and the opening plenary will be a commemoration of the twentieth anniversary since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, and the lessons that might be applied to the Middle East.  Additional sessions on the issue, exploring lessons that can be learned from the resolution of what was long-perceived as an intractable conflict, will be conducted.

Over the past decades considerable efforts have been directed at better understanding the nature of conflicts and how to solve them.  Effective strategies require comprehensive responses, with expertise and insights from a range of disciplines.  The conference therefore aims to achieve the following goals:

  1. The promotion of improved international understanding of conflicts, and the refinement of different methodologies to address them;
  2. The exploration of potential areas of cooperation in transboundary management of natural resources, parks and water and to better characterize the effect of climate change on refugees in conflict;
  3. The diffusion of best practices and techniques in mediation;
  4. The development and dissemination of cutting edge theoretical and applied research about conflict management along with practical methods for preventing and combating conflicts;
  5. Increased collaboration between Israeli and Middle Eastern scholars and practitioners with an eye towards cooperation on multinational initiatives.

We look forward to seeing you in Israel in November! 

Prof. Alon Tal, Chair of the Organizing Committee

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Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Tel Aviv University.

Aviv University (TAU) is Israel's largest institution of higher learning – with over 30,000 students and more than 125 schools and departments in nine faculties. Global in outlook and impact, it is consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities, as well as the top 20 institutions in terms of scientific citations. A spirit of openness and innovation is evident in all of TAU's teaching and research activities, breaking down barriers between disciplines, and boldly striving to address the twenty-first century's most pressing challenges.

Established in 2003, The Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in the theory and practice of mediation and conflict resolution. In order to achieve these goals, it established two main units: An academic M.A. program in conflict resolution and mediation, and a Mediation Center that provides services to the public.  The Mediation Center was founded with the objective of providing professional mediation services while basing its practices on theoretical and applied academic research. The center also provides training opportunities for graduates of the program and practitioners in the field of mediation.

The International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, established in 2009, is a one- year interdisciplinary MA program taught in English.  The program takes a unique interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of conflict theory and practice looking at the spectrum of conflict situations around the world.  The curriculum is structured in such a way that the theory based conflict courses are complimented by courses that enhance student's practical skills and in-field experiences thus providing them with tools for effective analysis, negotiation strategies, and conflict resolution frameworks in the international arena.

Founded in 2015, The Boris Mints Institute seeks to find strategic feasible solutions and provide strategic plans and innovative projects to enhance the welfare of communities around the globe. To this end, the Institute brings together passionate researchers from TAU and other leading universities to analyze pressing issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Drawing on the expertise of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Public PolicyGershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences, and a range of other units working on food security, renewable energy, water, economics, labor studies, conflict resolution, and other critical fields, the Institute delivers strategic policy recommendations to decision-makers worldwide.

Established in 1992, The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research (TSC) is a multidisciplinary academic framework shared by the faculties of the humanities, social sciences, and law at Tel Aviv University. The Center promotes systematic research and thinking on issues connected with peacemaking processes and conflict resolution in the Middle East and in other regions around the world. The Center supports theoretical and empirical research, political, historical, psychological, cultural and legal factors that encourage or may delay the peace process

With its leading position in Israeli academia and its disciplinary diversity, The Gershon H. Gordon Faculty of Social Sciences at Tel Aviv University offers scholars and students an unparalleled opportunity to study, investigate and seek solutions to problems of individuals and society in the twenty first century.  Supported by 17 Research Centers and Institutions, the collective work of the Faculty has addressed such issues as Israeli and Jewish identity, the Israeli party system and voting behavior, Israeli family patterns and gender inequality, immigrant integration, the impact of immigration on economic development, Jewish-Arab relations, the impact of war and occupation on Israeli society and on individuals, social and economic inequality between Arabs and Jews and among Jews, the social impact of higher education expansion, and small countries in a globalizing world.

The Department of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University is dedicated to developing ethical and professional public leadership that aspires to excellence and innovative research at the frontiers of knowledge in the field.  Studies conducted by the department emphasize the design of original, sustainable and effective policy solutions for complex social and public problems. The Department encourages social and public involvement as an effective bridge between academia and civil service.  Its research informs decision makers with new and relevant findings while forums hosted by the Department enable public discourse on the central public policy issues of the present and of the future.

Program

The program anticipates a range of government and non-government institutional partners. Beyond the plenary event, there will be numerous academic and practical sessions involving a broad spectrum of topics including:

  • Peace Processes: Public Opinion and Policy
  • Innovations in Mediation Practice
  • The Role of Hi-Tech and Entrepreneurial Ventures in Bridging Conflict
  • Water Management and Transboundary Cooperation in Conflict Settings
  • Humanitarian Aid and its Contribution to Conflict Resolution
  • Promoting Coexistence and Trust-building through Environmental Protection and Conservation
  • Methods for Changing Attitudes in Cases of Intractable Conflicts
  • Ethical Conduct in Military Conflict
  • Climate Change, Refugees and Conflict: Addressing a Global Change

In addition to the academic lectures, workshops and discussions, the conference will include a number of field trips that highlight local success stories in co-existence and peacebuilding. 

ICRM Conference Schedule
Subject to Change

Parallel Sessions, Track 1: Water, Environment and Conflict Resolution

Session Chairs: Professor Dror Avisar; Dr. Clive Lipchin

Parallel Sessions, Track 2: Innovations in Mediation

Session Chairs: Dr. David Silvera, Professor Brian Polkinghorn

Water Management: Assessment of Present Conditions in Israel, Jordan and Palestine

09:00 - 11:15 Aaron Wolfe, Oregon State University Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chairs:

  • Prof. Dror Avisar, Water Research Center, Tel Aviv University
  • Dr. Clive Lipchin, Arava Institute

Keynote: Resolving Conflict in Transboundary Watersheds: Lessons Learned for the 21st Century

  • Prof. Aaron Wolfe, Oregon State University

Respondents:

  • Miki Zaide, Israel Water Authority, Chief of Planning
  • Representative of the Palestinian Water Authority (TBC)
  • Representative  of the Jordanian Water Authority (TBC)

Mediation, Mindfulness and Alternative Dispute Resolution: What Have We Learned?

09:00 - 11:15 Jeremy Lack, Swiss Interdisciplinary Centre for Affective Sciences (CISA) Porter School Building, Room 104

Session Chairs:

  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training
  • Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, Distinguished Professor, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Salisbury University

Keynote: Applying Brain and Social Sciences to Conflict Resolution and Mediation to Develop ADR in the 21st Century

  • Jeremy Lack, Swiss Interdisciplinary Centre for Affective Sciences (CISA)

Respondents:

  • Prof. Hans-Joachim Werner, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Education Karlsruhe; Honorary President of the Martin Buber Society
  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University;  Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:30

Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:30

Cooperation Between Neighboring Countries in the Middle East: The Case of the Red-Dead Conduit

11:30 - 13:00 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chairs:

  • Prof. Dror Avisar, Water Research Center, Tel Aviv University
  • Dr. Clive Lipchin, Arava Institute

Respondents:

  • Dr. Ciarán Ó Cuinn, Director, Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), Oman
  • Oded Fixler, Deputy Director, Ministry of Regional Cooperation; Head of Israel Red-Dead Conduit Team
  • Munther Hind, Transboundary Waste Water Management, Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group
  • Abraham Tenne, Former Head of Desalination Division, Israeli Government Water and Sewage Authority
  • Representative of The Red-Dead Conduit, A Jordanian Perspective (TBC)

Practical Considerations in Mediation

11:30 - 13:00 Kevin Brown, Founder and President, International Mediators Association; President and CEO, Mediation International and World Mediation Summit; Ombudsman, United Nations Porter School Building, Room 104

Session Chairs:

  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training
  • Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, Distinguished Professor, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Salisbury University

Keynote: Mandatory vs. Voluntary Mediation: It's not Black and White! Moving Mediation from the Shadows into the Spotlight Without Betraying Our Core Principles

  • Dr. Kevin Brown, Founder and President, International Mediators Association; President and CEO, Mediation International and World Mediation Summit; Ombudsman, United Nations

Mediation in the Courts:

  • Dr. Michal Alberstein, Law Faculty, Bar-Ilan University

Mediating Cases where Legal Issues and Changing Social Norms Collide: Examining the Evolving Use of ADR within the LGBT Community:

  • Dr. Abraham (Avi) Mozes-Carmel, Senior Research Fellow, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Salisbury University; Doctoral and Law Faculty, California Southern University; Doctoral Faculty, Grand Canyon University

Lunch Break (Special Session)

13:00 - 14:00 Owls as a Catalyst for Environmental Cooperation

Special Presentation: 

Owls as a Catalyst for Environmental Cooperation

Speakers:

  • Brig. Gen. (ret.) Baruch Spiegel
  • Prof. Yossi Leshem
  • Prof. Alexandre Roulin, Dept. of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:00

Climate Change, Refugees and Conflict

14:00 - 15:30 Amali Tower, Founder and Executive Director, Climate Refugees Steinhardt Museum of Natural History (TBC)

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Ronit Justo-Hanani, Department of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: Climate Change, Refugees and Conflict: The Magnitude of the Phenomenon and Possible Global Responses

  • Amali Tower, Founder and Executive Director, Climate Refugees

Respondents:

  • Prof. Dan Rabinowitz, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
  • TBC

Teaching Mediation and Conflict Resolution: The Role of Academic Institutions

14:00 - 15:30 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chairs:

  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training
  • Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, Distinguished Professor, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Salisbury University

Using More Sophisticated Methods to Address More Sophisticated Questions and Trends in Mediation Training as seen from a Global Perspective

  • Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, Distinguished Professor, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Salisbury University

Collaboration in a Complex World - Simplifying the Matrix: A New World Approach, beyond Mediation and Negotiation

  • Omri Gefen, CEO, Gevim Group

Panel: Teaching Mediation

  • Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, Distinguished Professor, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Salisbury University
  • Dr. Karni Perlman, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; Head of the Non-Adversarial and Therapeutic Justice Center, College of Management and Academic Studies, Tel Aviv University
  • Michael (Micky) Lichtenstein, Member of the Mediation Advisory Committee, Israel Ministry of Justice
  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Are Peace Parks Delivering A Biodiversity Dividend? An Update from the Field

15:30 - 17:00 Werner Myburgh & Kevan Zunckel Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Session Chair:

  • Prof. Tamar Dayan, Tel Aviv University; Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Keynote Speaker:

  • Werner Myburgh, CEO, Peace Parks Foundation

Keynote Speaker:

  • Kevan Zunckel, Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, Transboundary Group

Respondents:

  • Shaul Goldstein, Director, Israel Nature and Parks Authority (TBC)
  • Iris Hann, Director, The Society for Protection of Nature in Israel

Designing Conflict Interventions

15:30 - 17:00 The Psychology of Intergroup Conflict and Reconciliation Lab Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:
Dr. Oded Adomi Leshem, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

From the Unfamiliar to the Familiar: Sequential Evaluation as a Tool for Increasing Acknowledgement of Wrongdoing in Intergroup Conflict

  • Deborah Shulman, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena & IDC Herzliya

Making Intergroup Contact More Fruitful: Enhancing Cooperation between Palestinian and Jewish-Israeli Adolescents by Fostering Beliefs about Group Malleability

  • Kineret Endevelt, PhD Candidate, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, IDC Herzliya

Shamed If You Do, Shamed If You Don’t: Accountability, Group-based Moral Emotions, and Tolerance of Enemy Collateral Casualties

  • Dr. Noa Schori Eyal, Postdoc, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, IDC Herzliya

The Enemy’s Gaze: Immersive Virtual Environments Enhance Peace Promoting Attitudes and Emotions in Violent Intergroup Conflicts

  • Yossi Hasson, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, Hebrew University & IDC Herzliya

The Pivotal Role of the Enemy in Inducing Hope for Peace

  • Dr. Oded Adomi Leshem, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

Break

17:00 - 18:30

VISIT TO THE NEW STEINHARDT MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

17:00 - 18:30

Dinner and Conference Opening Gala

18:00

Festive Opening - Celebrating Twenty Years of Peace in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement

18:30 - 21:00 Simon Coveney, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ireland Bar-Shira Auditorium, Tel Aviv University Campus

Keynote: 20 Years Later: What the Good Friday Agreement Means

Session Chairs:

  • Ambassador Alison Kelly, Ireland’s Ambassador to Israel
  • Prof. Alon Tal, Dept. Chair of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

18:30 - 19:30: Reception
Irish Music, Pub Grub and Beer on Tap

19:30 - 21:00: Opening Program

Respondents:

  • Representative of the Government of Israel (TBC)
  • Representative of Israeli Civil Society (TBC)
  • Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Festive Opening - Celebrating Twenty Years of Peace in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement

18:30 - 21:00 Simon Coveney, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ireland Bar-Shira Auditorium, Tel Aviv University Campus

Session Chairs:

  • Ambassador Alison Kelly, Ireland’s Ambassador to Israel
  • Prof. Alon Tal, Dept. Chair of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: 20 Years Later: What the Good Friday Agreement Means

  • Simon Coveney, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ireland

Respondents:

  • Representative of the Government of Israel (TBC)
  • Representative of Israeli Civil Society (TBC)
  • Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

 

Reception: 18:30 - 19:30
Irish Music, Pub Grub and Beer on Tap

Opening Program: 19:30 - 21:00
Keynote and Discussion

Parallel Sessions, Track 1: Water, Environment and Conflict Resolution

Session Chairs: Professor Dror Avisar; Dr. Clive Lipchin

Water Management: Assessment of Present Conditions in Israel, Jordan and Palestine

09:00 - 11:15 Aaron Wolfe, Oregon State University Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chairs:

  • Prof. Dror Avisar, Water Research Center, Tel Aviv University
  • Dr. Clive Lipchin, Arava Institute

Keynote: Resolving Conflict in Transboundary Watersheds: Lessons Learned for the 21st Century

  • Prof. Aaron Wolfe, Oregon State University

Respondents:

  • Miki Zaide, Israel Water Authority, Chief of Planning
  • Representative of the Palestinian Water Authority (TBC)
  • Representative  of the Jordanian Water Authority (TBC)

Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:30

Cooperation Between Neighboring Countries in the Middle East: The Case of the Red-Dead Conduit

11:30 - 13:00 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chairs:

  • Prof. Dror Avisar, Water Research Center, Tel Aviv University
  • Dr. Clive Lipchin, Arava Institute

Respondents:

  • Dr. Ciarán Ó Cuinn, Director, Middle East Desalination Research Center (MEDRC), Oman
  • Oded Fixler, Deputy Director, Ministry of Regional Cooperation; Head of Israel Red-Dead Conduit Team
  • Munther Hind, Transboundary Waste Water Management, Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group
  • Abraham Tenne, Former Head of Desalination Division, Israeli Government Water and Sewage Authority
  • Representative of The Red-Dead Conduit, A Jordanian Perspective (TBC)

Lunch Break (Special Session)

13:00 - 14:00 Owls as a Catalyst for Environmental Cooperation

Special Presentation: 

Owls as a Catalyst for Environmental Cooperation

Speakers:

  • Brig. Gen. (ret.) Baruch Spiegel
  • Prof. Yossi Leshem
  • Prof. Alexandre Roulin, Dept. of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne

Climate Change, Refugees and Conflict

14:00 - 15:30 Amali Tower, Founder and Executive Director, Climate Refugees Steinhardt Museum of Natural History (TBC)

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Ronit Justo-Hanani, Department of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: Climate Change, Refugees and Conflict: The Magnitude of the Phenomenon and Possible Global Responses

  • Amali Tower, Founder and Executive Director, Climate Refugees

Respondents:

  • Prof. Dan Rabinowitz, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel Aviv University
  • TBC

Are Peace Parks Delivering A Biodiversity Dividend? An Update from the Field

15:30 - 17:00 Werner Myburgh & Kevan Zunckel Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Session Chair:

  • Prof. Tamar Dayan, Tel Aviv University; Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Keynote Speaker:

  • Werner Myburgh, CEO, Peace Parks Foundation

Keynote Speaker:

  • Kevan Zunckel, Chair, IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, Transboundary Group

Respondents:

  • Shaul Goldstein, Director, Israel Nature and Parks Authority (TBC)
  • Iris Hann, Director, The Society for Protection of Nature in Israel

VISIT TO THE NEW STEINHARDT MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

17:00 - 18:30

Festive Opening - Celebrating Twenty Years of Peace in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement

18:30 - 21:00 Simon Coveney, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ireland Bar-Shira Auditorium, Tel Aviv University Campus

Keynote: 20 Years Later: What the Good Friday Agreement Means

Session Chairs:

  • Ambassador Alison Kelly, Ireland’s Ambassador to Israel
  • Prof. Alon Tal, Dept. Chair of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

18:30 - 19:30: Reception
Irish Music, Pub Grub and Beer on Tap

19:30 - 21:00: Opening Program

Respondents:

  • Representative of the Government of Israel (TBC)
  • Representative of Israeli Civil Society (TBC)
  • Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Parallel Sessions, Track 2: Innovations in Mediation

Session Chairs: Dr. David Silvera, Professor Brian Polkinghorn

Mediation, Mindfulness and Alternative Dispute Resolution: What Have We Learned?

09:00 - 11:15 Jeremy Lack, Swiss Interdisciplinary Centre for Affective Sciences (CISA) Porter School Building, Room 104

Session Chairs:

  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training
  • Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, Distinguished Professor, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Salisbury University

Keynote: Applying Brain and Social Sciences to Conflict Resolution and Mediation to Develop ADR in the 21st Century

  • Jeremy Lack, Swiss Interdisciplinary Centre for Affective Sciences (CISA)

Respondents:

  • Prof. Hans-Joachim Werner, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Education Karlsruhe; Honorary President of the Martin Buber Society
  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University;  Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Coffee Break

11:15 - 11:30

Practical Considerations in Mediation

11:30 - 13:00 Kevin Brown, Founder and President, International Mediators Association; President and CEO, Mediation International and World Mediation Summit; Ombudsman, United Nations Porter School Building, Room 104

Session Chairs:

  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training
  • Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, Distinguished Professor, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Salisbury University

Keynote: Mandatory vs. Voluntary Mediation: It's not Black and White! Moving Mediation from the Shadows into the Spotlight Without Betraying Our Core Principles

  • Dr. Kevin Brown, Founder and President, International Mediators Association; President and CEO, Mediation International and World Mediation Summit; Ombudsman, United Nations

Mediation in the Courts:

  • Dr. Michal Alberstein, Law Faculty, Bar-Ilan University

Mediating Cases where Legal Issues and Changing Social Norms Collide: Examining the Evolving Use of ADR within the LGBT Community:

  • Dr. Abraham (Avi) Mozes-Carmel, Senior Research Fellow, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Salisbury University; Doctoral and Law Faculty, California Southern University; Doctoral Faculty, Grand Canyon University

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:00

Teaching Mediation and Conflict Resolution: The Role of Academic Institutions

14:00 - 15:30 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chairs:

  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training
  • Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, Distinguished Professor, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Salisbury University

Using More Sophisticated Methods to Address More Sophisticated Questions and Trends in Mediation Training as seen from a Global Perspective

  • Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, Distinguished Professor, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Salisbury University

Collaboration in a Complex World - Simplifying the Matrix: A New World Approach, beyond Mediation and Negotiation

  • Omri Gefen, CEO, Gevim Group

Panel: Teaching Mediation

  • Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, Distinguished Professor, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution, Department of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Salisbury University
  • Dr. Karni Perlman, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; Head of the Non-Adversarial and Therapeutic Justice Center, College of Management and Academic Studies, Tel Aviv University
  • Michael (Micky) Lichtenstein, Member of the Mediation Advisory Committee, Israel Ministry of Justice
  • Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University; Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; CEO, Silpar - Mediation and Training

Designing Conflict Interventions

15:30 - 17:00 The Psychology of Intergroup Conflict and Reconciliation Lab Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:
Dr. Oded Adomi Leshem, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

From the Unfamiliar to the Familiar: Sequential Evaluation as a Tool for Increasing Acknowledgement of Wrongdoing in Intergroup Conflict

  • Deborah Shulman, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena & IDC Herzliya

Making Intergroup Contact More Fruitful: Enhancing Cooperation between Palestinian and Jewish-Israeli Adolescents by Fostering Beliefs about Group Malleability

  • Kineret Endevelt, PhD Candidate, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, IDC Herzliya

Shamed If You Do, Shamed If You Don’t: Accountability, Group-based Moral Emotions, and Tolerance of Enemy Collateral Casualties

  • Dr. Noa Schori Eyal, Postdoc, Baruch Ivcher School of Psychology, IDC Herzliya

The Enemy’s Gaze: Immersive Virtual Environments Enhance Peace Promoting Attitudes and Emotions in Violent Intergroup Conflicts

  • Yossi Hasson, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology, Hebrew University & IDC Herzliya

The Pivotal Role of the Enemy in Inducing Hope for Peace

  • Dr. Oded Adomi Leshem, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

Break

17:00 - 18:30

Dinner and Conference Opening Gala

18:00

Festive Opening - Celebrating Twenty Years of Peace in Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement

18:30 - 21:00 Simon Coveney, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ireland Bar-Shira Auditorium, Tel Aviv University Campus

Session Chairs:

  • Ambassador Alison Kelly, Ireland’s Ambassador to Israel
  • Prof. Alon Tal, Dept. Chair of Public Policy, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: 20 Years Later: What the Good Friday Agreement Means

  • Simon Coveney, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Ireland

Respondents:

  • Representative of the Government of Israel (TBC)
  • Representative of Israeli Civil Society (TBC)
  • Huda Abuarquob, Regional Director, Alliance for Middle East Peace
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

 

Reception: 18:30 - 19:30
Irish Music, Pub Grub and Beer on Tap

Opening Program: 19:30 - 21:00
Keynote and Discussion

Parallel Sessions: Track 1: Learning from Ireland: Resolving Conflict in the Region

Parallel Sessions Track 2: New Approaches in Conflict Resolution

The Role of Economics in Reconciliation

09:00 - 10:30 Yadin Kaufmann, Co-Founder, Sadara Ventures; Foreign Affairs Contributor Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Miriam Lev, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: Changing the Economic Environment: The Role of Entrepreneurial Cooperation in Bridging Political Gaps

  • Yadin Kaufmann, Co-Founder of Sadara Ventures and Foreign Affairs Contributor

Respondents:

  • TBC

Building Infrastructure for Developing Shared Societies

09:00 - 10:30 Porter School Building, Room 104

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Ran Kuttner, Program for Peace and Conflict Management, University of Haifa; Academic Advisor, Givat Haviva

The Paradigm Shift from Co-Existence to Shared Society: An Introduction to the Program

  • Dr. Ran Kuttner, Program for Peace and Conflict Management, University of Haifa; Academic Advisor, Givat Haviva

Givat Haviva's "Roadmap to Shared Society" as a Starting Point for the Israeli Team's Focus in the Current Initiative

  • Yaniv Sagee, CEO, Givat Haviva

Why do People Resist Implementation of Shared-Society Ideals?

  • Dr. Keren Sharvit, Program for Peace and Conflict Management Program, University of Haifa

From 'Back to Back' to 'Face to Face': Crossing Borders and Building Shared Societies

  • Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa

The Jewish-Arab Cleavage: A Post Conflict Reconstruction Perspective

  • Dr. Ehud Eiran, School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa 

Creating the Societal Conditions for Conflict Transformations: What Can We Learn from Northern Ireland?

10:30 - 12:00 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • TBC

Speakers:

  • Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Conflict Resolution and Therapeutic Justice

10:30 - 12:00 Porter School Building, Room 104

Speakers:

  • Dr. Karni Perlman, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; Head of the Non-Adversarial and Therapeutic Justice Center, College of Management Academic Studies, Tel-Aviv University
  • Prof. David B. Wexler, University of Puerto Rico, Honorary President of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence
  • Hon. Judge Nira Daskin, The Community Court, Ramla

Lunch Break

12:00 - 12:45

Lunch Break

12:00 - 12:45

Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

12:45 - 14:00 Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • TBC

Keynote: Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

  • Prof. Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Panel:

  • Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Rethinking Conflict, Belfast
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University
  • TBC

Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

12:45 - 14:00 Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • TBC

Keynote: Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

  • Prof. Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Panel:

  • Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Rethinking Conflict, Belfast
  • Dr. John Topping, Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Education & Social Work, Queen's University; Fellow, Senatory George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice; Associate, Centre for Children's Rights
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

The Role of Civil Society in Sustaining Peace in Northern Ireland -- Implications for the Region

14:00 - 15:15 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • TBC

Panel:

  • Pat Hynes, Former Advisor to Prime Minister Ahern; Civic Engagement Practitioner, Glencree Center for Reconciliation
  • Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Rethinking Conflict, Belfast
  • Deborah Watters, Vice-Chair, The Northern Ireland Policing Board; Co-Director and Founding Member, Northern Ireland Alternatives

Humanitarian Aid and It’s Contribution to Conflict Resolution

14:00 - 15:15 Porter School Building, Room 104

Session Chair:

  • Dr. (Lt. Col., ret.) Daniel Beaudoin, Tel Aviv University; Professor for Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation

Speakers:

  • Prof. Gregory Gottlieb, Center Director and Professor of the Practice, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University
  • Ambassador (ret.) Christopher Lamb, Ambassador to Myanmar (Burma) from 1986-89 and to Yugoslavia, Romania and Macedonia from 1997-2000; Adviser and Lecturer on Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation
  • Gal Lusky, CEO, Israeli Flying Aid (IFA)
  • Talia Levanon, Director, Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC)

Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:30

Ethics in Conflict Resolution

15:15 - 16:30 Porter School Building, Room 104

Session Chair:

  • Dr. (Lt. Col., ret.) Daniel Beaudoin, Tel Aviv University; Professor for Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation

Speakers:

  • Dr. Ruth Amir, Senior Lecturer at the Departments of Political Science and Multi-Disciplinary Social Science, Yezreel Valley College, Israel
  • Prof. Asa Kasher, Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair in Professional Ethics and Philosophy of Practice, Tel Aviv University
  • Rev Prof (Col. ret.,) Philip McCormack MBE, Spurgeon College London, Principal

The Role of Religion and Religious Tradition as Forces For Initiating Peace Processes in Conflict Situations

15:30 - 16:30 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • TBC

Respondents:

  • Rabbi Michael Melchior, Former Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs; Chair of Mosaica
  • Sheikh Raed Badir, Director of the Human Center in Kafr Kasem; Islamic Movement

From Belfast to Jerusalem: Transforming Attitudes in Intractable Conflicts

16:30 - 17:30 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Concluding Session

 

From Belfast to Jerusalem: Transforming Attitudes in Intractable Conflicts

16:30 - 17:30 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Concluding Session

 

Departure for Jaffa, Walking Tour and Dinner at the “Old Man and the Sea”

17:30

DEPARTURE FROM TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY FOR DINNER

17:30

Parallel Sessions: Track 1: Learning from Ireland: Resolving Conflict in the Region

The Role of Economics in Reconciliation

09:00 - 10:30 Yadin Kaufmann, Co-Founder, Sadara Ventures; Foreign Affairs Contributor Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • Miriam Lev, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Keynote: Changing the Economic Environment: The Role of Entrepreneurial Cooperation in Bridging Political Gaps

  • Yadin Kaufmann, Co-Founder of Sadara Ventures and Foreign Affairs Contributor

Respondents:

  • TBC

Creating the Societal Conditions for Conflict Transformations: What Can We Learn from Northern Ireland?

10:30 - 12:00 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • TBC

Speakers:

  • Peter Robinson, Former First Minister of Northern Ireland

Lunch Break

12:00 - 12:45

Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

12:45 - 14:00 Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • TBC

Keynote: Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

  • Prof. Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Panel:

  • Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Rethinking Conflict, Belfast
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University
  • TBC

The Role of Civil Society in Sustaining Peace in Northern Ireland -- Implications for the Region

14:00 - 15:15 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • TBC

Panel:

  • Pat Hynes, Former Advisor to Prime Minister Ahern; Civic Engagement Practitioner, Glencree Center for Reconciliation
  • Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Rethinking Conflict, Belfast
  • Deborah Watters, Vice-Chair, The Northern Ireland Policing Board; Co-Director and Founding Member, Northern Ireland Alternatives

Coffee Break

15:15 - 15:30

The Role of Religion and Religious Tradition as Forces For Initiating Peace Processes in Conflict Situations

15:30 - 16:30 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • TBC

Respondents:

  • Rabbi Michael Melchior, Former Minister of Social and Diaspora Affairs; Chair of Mosaica
  • Sheikh Raed Badir, Director of the Human Center in Kafr Kasem; Islamic Movement

From Belfast to Jerusalem: Transforming Attitudes in Intractable Conflicts

16:30 - 17:30 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Concluding Session

 

Departure for Jaffa, Walking Tour and Dinner at the “Old Man and the Sea”

17:30

Parallel Sessions Track 2: New Approaches in Conflict Resolution

Building Infrastructure for Developing Shared Societies

09:00 - 10:30 Porter School Building, Room 104

Session Chair:

  • Dr. Ran Kuttner, Program for Peace and Conflict Management, University of Haifa; Academic Advisor, Givat Haviva

The Paradigm Shift from Co-Existence to Shared Society: An Introduction to the Program

  • Dr. Ran Kuttner, Program for Peace and Conflict Management, University of Haifa; Academic Advisor, Givat Haviva

Givat Haviva's "Roadmap to Shared Society" as a Starting Point for the Israeli Team's Focus in the Current Initiative

  • Yaniv Sagee, CEO, Givat Haviva

Why do People Resist Implementation of Shared-Society Ideals?

  • Dr. Keren Sharvit, Program for Peace and Conflict Management Program, University of Haifa

From 'Back to Back' to 'Face to Face': Crossing Borders and Building Shared Societies

  • Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Haifa

The Jewish-Arab Cleavage: A Post Conflict Reconstruction Perspective

  • Dr. Ehud Eiran, School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa 

Conflict Resolution and Therapeutic Justice

10:30 - 12:00 Porter School Building, Room 104

Speakers:

  • Dr. Karni Perlman, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University; Head of the Non-Adversarial and Therapeutic Justice Center, College of Management Academic Studies, Tel-Aviv University
  • Prof. David B. Wexler, University of Puerto Rico, Honorary President of the International Society for Therapeutic Jurisprudence
  • Hon. Judge Nira Daskin, The Community Court, Ramla

Lunch Break

12:00 - 12:45

Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

12:45 - 14:00 Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University Porter School Building, Auditorium

Session Chair:

  • TBC

Keynote: Twenty-Five Years of the Peace Index: Lessons Learned

  • Prof. Eppie Yaar, International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Panel:

  • Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Rethinking Conflict, Belfast
  • Dr. John Topping, Lecturer in Criminology, School of Social Sciences, Education & Social Work, Queen's University; Fellow, Senatory George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice; Associate, Centre for Children's Rights
  • Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Evens Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Tel Aviv University

Humanitarian Aid and It’s Contribution to Conflict Resolution

14:00 - 15:15 Porter School Building, Room 104

Session Chair:

  • Dr. (Lt. Col., ret.) Daniel Beaudoin, Tel Aviv University; Professor for Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation

Speakers:

  • Prof. Gregory Gottlieb, Center Director and Professor of the Practice, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University
  • Ambassador (ret.) Christopher Lamb, Ambassador to Myanmar (Burma) from 1986-89 and to Yugoslavia, Romania and Macedonia from 1997-2000; Adviser and Lecturer on Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation
  • Gal Lusky, CEO, Israeli Flying Aid (IFA)
  • Talia Levanon, Director, Israel Trauma Coalition (ITC)

Ethics in Conflict Resolution

15:15 - 16:30 Porter School Building, Room 104

Session Chair:

  • Dr. (Lt. Col., ret.) Daniel Beaudoin, Tel Aviv University; Professor for Humanitarian Diplomacy, DiploFoundation

Speakers:

  • Dr. Ruth Amir, Senior Lecturer at the Departments of Political Science and Multi-Disciplinary Social Science, Yezreel Valley College, Israel
  • Prof. Asa Kasher, Laura Schwarz-Kipp Chair in Professional Ethics and Philosophy of Practice, Tel Aviv University
  • Rev Prof (Col. ret.,) Philip McCormack MBE, Spurgeon College London, Principal

From Belfast to Jerusalem: Transforming Attitudes in Intractable Conflicts

16:30 - 17:30 Porter School Building, Auditorium

Concluding Session

 

DEPARTURE FROM TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY FOR DINNER

17:30

Field Trips

(By reservation only via the Conference Secretariat)

  • Building a Culture of Arab / Jewish Cooperation in Israel (Givat Haviva)
  • Peace, War and the Environment in Gaza (With Ecopeace Middle East)
  • Towards Social Harmony in Tel Aviv’s Forgotten Southern Neighborhoods

Speakers

Fees & Registration

Speakers at the conference are exempt from payment of registration fees (all meals included. Pre-registration is advised.)

Students (both Israeli and international) are also exempt from registration fees (meals NOT included. Pre-registration IS REQUIRED)

All others: 
1- day participation 
100 $US for international participants (paid in local currency)
150 NIS for local participants
80 NIS Members of the Israel Mediators Organization (excluding GALA evening)

2-day participation           
180 $US for international participants (paid in local currency)
250 NIS for local participants
160 NIS Members of the Israel Mediators Organization / Affiliate of the World Mediation Summit (excluding GALA evening)​

Field trip participation 200 NIS

Steering Committee

Organizing Committee:

Prof. Alon Tal, Chairman of Organizing Committee, Chair, Department of Public Policy, ‪Tel Aviv University

Miriam Lev, Conference Director

 

Advisory Committee

Prof. Brian Polkinghorn, Director, Program in Conflict Analysis & Dispute ResolutionUniversity of Salisbury

Rev. Dr. Gary Mason, Founding DirectorRethinking Conflict, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ms. Emily Guthrie, Program coordinator at a Syrian peace building organization.

Mr. Federico Gonzalez Waite,  Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food, Government of Mexico

Professor Eppie Ya’ar, Founder Evens Program in Conflict Resolution, Tel Aviv University

 

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Steering Committee (listed alphabetically):

Alon Liel, Dr., former director general of the Foreign Ministry of Israel, former Ambassador to South Africa

Alison Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland, Israel.

Arie Geronik, Department of Political Science, The Open University

Clive Lipchin, Dr., Director of the Center for Transboundary Water Management, Arava Institute for Environmental Studies.

Huda Aubuarquob, Alliance for Middle East Peace

Jay Rothman, Associate Professor, the Graduate Program on Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Graduate, Bar-Ilan University

Karni Perlman, Dr., Founder of the Non- adversarial and Therapeutic Justice Center (NATJC) at the Sriks School of Law, College of Management Academic Studies

Michal Caspi, Olivestone Trust

Noga Nabarro, Founding President, Owner & Director at SHINUI: Israel Institute for Systemic Studies, Family & Personal Change

Noy Erez, Founder of Gishurim and NegoPro.

Steven Klein, Editor, Haaretz

 

Tel-Aviv University committee members (by A-B-C):

Dr. (Lt. Col.) Daniel Beaudoin, lecturer, Tel Aviv University

Dr. David Silvera, International Mediation Institute, Tel Aviv University

Dr. Ehud Sommer, senior lecturer (American associate professor) at the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University

Prof. Ephraim Yaar, Emeritus, Faculty of Social Sciences, Tel Aviv University

Jonathan Kowarsky, Adv., Program on Conflict Resolution, Tel-Aviv University 

Dr. Nimrod Rosler, Program on Conflict Resolution, Tel-Aviv University

Ran Peleg, Tel Aviv University

Abstract Submission

While the central event focuses on a 20-year retrospect of Northern Ireland’s Good Friday Agreement, a variety of more general themes and specialized sessions are planned for the gathering which encompasses a broad range of topics and disciplines associated with conflict resolution and mediation.

In particular, sessions with the following themes are already confirmed to be held during the conference*:

  • Peace Processes: Public Opinion and Policy
  • Innovations in Mediation Practice
  • The Role of Hi-Tech and Entrepreneurial Ventures in Bridging Conflict
  • Water Management and Transboundary Cooperation in Conflict Settings
  • Humanitarian Aid and its Contribution to Conflict Resolution
  • Promoting Coexistence and Trust-building through Environmental Protection and Conservation
  • Methods for Changing Attitudes in Cases of Intractable Conflicts
  • Ethical Conduct in Military Conflict
  • Climate Change, Refugees and Conflict: Addressing a Global Change

* Additional specialized themes may be announced. Some themes may be united with others, or canceled, depending on the number of accepted presentations.

In addition, if an individual wishes to propose and organize a relevant session on another topic, the organizing committee encourages such submissions. Presumably, a new session proposal should include at least three abstracts from prospective participants.

Abstracts for oral presentations must be submitted by August 15th, 2018 and will be subject to peer review. Replies will be sent to applicants no later than September 15th. Certain abstracts may be recommended for a poster session rather than as oral presentations.

Abstract submission is conducted online. Full papers are not accepted. Up to 400 words can be uploaded.

Kindly note that ENGLISH is the conference language, and no translation will be provided. Abstracts are to be submitted in English only.

Civil Society Forum

In parallel with the academic presentations, the conference steering committee has decided to hold a Civil Society Forum, in which NGOs, educational initiatives and innovative mediation and conflict resolution projects can offer presentations.  Among the themes that will be highlighted are initiatives that focus on education, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, economics/business, building a Jewish-Arab shared society, the environment, children, philanthropy, etc.  The Forum seeks to offer “success stories” which might be of interest or replicable for the broader field. 

 

These sessions are designed to be less formal than the typical academic ones and can contain brief films, interactive workshop elements and multiple speakers.   If you or your organization would like to participate in the Forum, please submit an abstract about your work which describes the name of your organization or specific project, the challenge it is trying to address, specific objectives and its role within the broader ecosystem of civil society and your proposed format for the session.  Most importantly, please describe your organization’s “theory of change”, and specific projects and activities which have been successful.  All presentations must be in English. Typically, presentations will last 20 minutes, but proposals can specify longer or shorter durations.  Please submit your proposed session by September 20, 2018.

Abstracts should be forwarded to: Michelle Engel, Coordinator,  ICRM, Civil Society Forum michellee1@mail.tau.ac.il and to:  icrm.conf@gmail.com.

Contact Us

  • icrm@tauex.tau.ac.il

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