Current Activities

Current Activities

  1. Primary research/writing project

Currently, my major activity is writing a book assessing major domestic conflicts in the United States since 1945. I focus on struggles between people who have lower and those who have higher standing along three dimensions of ranking: class, status (race and gender), and power. I assess how constructively or destructively the conflicts were waged regarding advancing justice, liberty, and equal opportunity for all Americans. I also discuss ways that some of those fights might have been waged more effectively and with longer-term benefits. The current grave crises flow from badly-done conflicts in the past. The book will also note better future options.
I plan that it will be completed by the end of March, 2021.

  1. Most Recent Book Publications

Conflict and Collaboration: Better or Worse Relations

This book, edited by Catherine Gerard and me, will include chapters by associates of PARCC examining the relations between conflict resolution and collaboration.  It follows a multi-year series of seminars by PARCC associates about the topic. The book was published by Routledge in 2018.

Overcoming Intractable Conflicts: New Approaches to Constructive Transformations

The book derives from an international conference on transforming intractable conflicts, held at Syracuse University, on September 22-24, 2016. The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University and the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) organized and supported the conference.  The book was edited by Catherine Gerard, Galia Golan, Miriam Elman, and me. It was published by Rowman & Littlefield International in 2019.

  1. Other Activities

I continue to be engaged in the community organization, Syracuse Area Middle East Dialogue group, initiated in 1981.  I and four other members were recognized with Interfaith Works Leadership Awards by Interfaith Works of Central New York in May 2012.  Here is a link to the video related to this award.

I continue to write journal articles and chapters in other books. They are linked here.      Also, I write blogs on current topics, from a constructive conflict perspective. They are posted on Huffington Post, Foreign Policy in Focus, and elsewhere. Many are accessible here.

I continue to make presentations in conjunction with PARCC functions, at professional meetings, at other universities and research centers.  Videos of some of these can be accessed through the PARCC website, the Maxwell School YouTube Channel, or by the Links button on this website.  These include talks at George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (March 7, 2010) , an interview as one of Parents of the Field, conducted on April19, 2006, the University of Manitoba’s Mauro Center for Peace and Justice (March 17, 2014), at the Manlius Senior Centre (April 9, 2014), and later presentations..

Presentations

I continue to make presentations in conjunction with PARCC functions, at professional meetings, at other universities and research centers in the U.S. and abroad, and in the local community.  Videos of some of these can be accessed through the PARCC website, the Maxwell School YouTube Channel, or by the Links button on this website.  These include talks at George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution (March 7, 2010) , an interview as one of Parents of the Field, conducted on April19, 2006, the University of Manitoba’s Mauro Center for Peace and Justice (March 17, 2014), at the Manlius Senior Centre (April 9, 2014), and later presentations..

Other Activities

I continue to be engaged in the community organization, Syracuse Area Middle East Dialogue group, initiated in 1981.  I and four other members were recognized with Interfaith Works Leadership Awards by Interfaith Works of Central New York in May 2012.  Here is a link to the video related to this award.

I write blogs on current topics, from a constructive conflict perspective. They are posted on Huffington Post, Foreign Policy in Focus, and elsewhere. They are accessible here.