Marc Gopin

Marc Gopin
James H. Laue Professor of World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution & Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
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Ph.D., 1992, Brandeis University
Dept. of near Eastern and Judaic Studies Dissertation Topic: The Religious Ethics of Samuel David Luzzatto
M.A., 1988, Brandeis University
Dept. of near Eastern and Judaic Studies
B.A., 1979, Columbia College
Major: European Intellectual History


Marc Gopin is the James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, and the Director of the Center on Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.

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. Gopin has trained thousands of people worldwide in peacemaking strategies for complex conflicts in which religion and culture play a role. He conducts research on values dilemmas as they apply to international problems of globalization, clash of cultures, development, social justice and conflict.

Gopin has engaged in back channel diplomacy with religious, political and military figures on both sides of conflicts, especially in the Arab/Israeli conflict. He has appeared on numerous media outlets, including CNN, CNN International, Court TV, 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.

Gopin’s research is found in numerous book chapters and journal articles,

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Awards and Honors
Andrew Thomas Peacebuilder Award
Recipient of the 2008 Andrew Thomas Peace builder Award, New York State Dispute resolution Association (NYSDRA).
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May 01, 1998
An Orthodox Embrace of Gentiles? Interfaith Tolerance in the Thought of S. D. Luzzatto and E. Benamozegh - Modern Judaism 18:2 Modern Judaism 18.2 (1998) 173-195 An Orthodox Embrace of Gentiles? Interfaith Tolerance in the Thought of S. D. Luzzatto and E....
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January 01, 2000
Presents a curriculum for high school and beyond, and deals with the application of Jewish values to the international and domestic political agenda. It is the story of Jewish commitment to the well-being of fellow Jews and to social justice for all humanity.
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January 01, 2000
Chapter IAlternative Global Futures In The Balance© Marc GopinAn unprecedented level of paradoxical religious movement characterizes the contemporary era. On the one hand, there is a greater number of people than ever before who are expressing either a...
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January 01, 2000
Chapter IIBetween Religion And Conflict Resolution: Mapping A New Field Of Study© Marc GopinEvery major religion of the world has expressed at some point, through its leaders and thinkers, a commitment to the value of peace, both in classical texts and modern...
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July 2000
Recent years have seen a meteoric rise in the power and importance of organized religion in many parts of the world. At the same time, there has been a significant increase in violence perpetrated in the name of religion. While much has been written on the...
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July 2000
An unprecedented level of paradoxical religious movement characterizes the contemporary era. On the one hand, there is a greater number of people than ever before who are expressing either a secular perspective on life or a view of their own religion that is...
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May 28, 2001
Since the end of the Cold War several political agreements have been signed in attempts to resolve longstanding conflicts in such volatile regions as Northern Ireland, Israel-Palestine, South Africa, and Rwanda. This is the first comprehensive volume that examines...
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October 01, 2001
There are a growing number of scholars and institution that recognize organized religion as a major factor in contemporary international conflicts. But recognition has yielded little regarding in-dept analysis of the nature religion role's in conflict, and it has...
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April 11, 2002
The Intifada of 2000-2001 has demonstrated the end of an era of diplomacy in the Arab-Israeli conflict. The style of peacemaking of the Olso Accords has been called into question by the facts on the ground. Elite forms of peacemaking that do not embrace the basic...
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October 01, 2002
This volume follows closely on the heels of Gopin's first Oxford University Press book, Between Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence, and Peacemaking (2000), revisiting some of the themes covered there, but now focused on the three...
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September 23, 2004
Rabbi and international mediator Marc Gopin presents an 8-step process-based on great religious traditions, philosophy, and psychology-for healing even the most destructive, and seemingly intractable, conflicts.For more than 20 years Marc Gopin has sought to...
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May 19, 2009
Over the past 25 years I’ve developed relationships across the Middle East; in Syria, specifically, over the past five years. While I traveled as a peacemaker, to be cautious I would emphasize my role as a professor and only reveal my role as a rabbi when...
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To Make the Earth Whole studies the art of citizen diplomacy process that can address clashes of religion and culture across regional lines even when traditional negotiations between governments can fail. Using a five year experiment in Syria as the central case...
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December 10, 2011
Self-reflection is a major mechanism of learning from experience and an indispensable ingredient of self-development. In this chapter, it is shown how spiritual peacemakers, capitalizing on prosocial elements of their identity and tradition...
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May 08, 2012
Marc Gopin analyzes the transformation of personal discourses of people involved in peacemaking and peacebuilding activities. Through analysis of interviews it shows the ways that discourses of peace replace discourses of hatred and revenge through the formation...
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Peace between Arabs and Jews seems forever out of reach, both sides caught in a never-ending cycle of violence and revenge. But while treaties and other top-down solutions have had little lasting effect, peacemakers on the ground are creating real change-within...
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November 11, 2014
THE PORTION OF HAYYEI SARAH: GENESIS 23-25:18This portion of Genesis is an end of life saga, but at the same time it is
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October 17, 2014
From Iraq and Syria to the Gulf, from Turkey to Yemen, the bewildering role of religious factions, parties and
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October 07, 2014
History is indicating that freedom of religion is becoming one of the most important markers of progress for humanity
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September 17, 2014 - “Visits of condolence is all we get from them. They squat at the Holocaust Memorial, they put on grave
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August 18, 2014
Practice is a messy, miserable reality that deserves its own independent study. What do we do in times of war? This has
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July 28, 2014
The bickering between countries over who has the right to negotiate over the Palestinians is nothing new. We’ve
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July 16, 2014
There are important next steps being debated for what states can and should do to stop the current war, and set the
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July 02, 2014
First the bad news: a fracture in the Middle East is looming. There is a fracturing of states along sectarian lines
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June 30, 2014
Two discoveries are changing our world in a good way: one, much of what we think is wrong in the world gets its start
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June 27, 2014
Marc Gopin recently appeared on the Metta Center for Nonviolence’s podcast to discuss why he feels the world
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ISIS: HIDDEN INTERESTSWith Rev. Doug Leonard, Director of the Al Amana CentreBased on his work with Gulf governments and conversations with diplomats, religious leaders and Gulf government officials, Rev. Leonard will outline the geo-political tension, local interests and proxy power that undergird
October 02, 2014
Meeting overview:“If you watch the nightly news, it feels like the world is falling apart,” said President Obama. The world can be a dangerous and unpredictable place. Are things getting worse, or, does it just seem and feel like that? Every week seems to bring more bad news as violent
September 16, 2014
Being Peace: Mind-Body Skills for Social Change ProfessionalsTuesday, November 12th, 7:00pm-9:00pmMetropolitan Building, Room 5183School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR)Being able to effect social change is just as much about who we are as it is about what we do. Certain personal
November 12, 2013
Please join Dr. Marc Gopin for an interest meeting for this APT on May 9th at 4:00pm in the 7th Floor Conference Room.  Here is a description of the APT's focus:NONVIOLENCE 2.0 EXPLORING THE EVOLUTION OF MIND, BEHAVIOR AND POLICY TOWARD A LESS VIOLENT WORLDRecent bodies of research in several
May 09, 2013
The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution (CRDC), Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA), and National Iranian American Council (NIAC) invite you to a shared panel and celebration in honor of the presence in Washington of the Cyrus Cylinder and its
March 28, 2013
Please join the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution as we welcome Palestinian Ambassador Areikat to come and speak to the S-CAR and Mason Community at the Arlington Campus. CRDC's Co-Executive Director, Aziz Abu Sarah, will introduce the Ambassador, and Dr. Jamil Shami
December 05, 2012
CRDC is having an Open House!Wednesday September 12, from 7:30pm until 9:30pm in Room 555 of the Truland Building
September 12, 2012
<From Swords to Start-Ups: The Role of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Reforming Post-Conflict States A Presentation by Steven Koltai
June 14, 2012
Dr. Gopin will discuss recent experiences that he and his Center have engaged in to forge alliances for peace among over 100 Afghan imams and twenty international Islamic scholars, a graduate class to Egypt that engaged hopeful Muslims and Christians in their struggle for peace and justice, as
May 15, 2012
Contemporary Muslim-Christian relations, globally as well as in the Middle East and in Egypt – the case study for this research – are influenced by a multitude of dynamic political, social, cultural and economic factors.
April 19, 2012
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Webinar: “Forging Alliances for Peace: Insights from a Conflict Resolution Scholar-Practitioner”For those interested in being physically present, the event will take place at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Truland Building, Room 555, 3330 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA
May 06, 2013
We all know Marc as a noted scholar and spiritual peacemaker, but I bet most of you didn’t know about his other artistic sideline.Make sure you watch both videos!
October 16, 2009
Professor Marc Gopin gives a speech in the Assad Library in Damascus.Sponsored by The Syrian Canadian Women's Club In Cooperation with The Economical Orient Group Companies and the Syrian Public Relations Association. Marc Gopin is the James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict
January 06, 2005
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Analyzes ways world religions play role in conflicts, war, diplomacy, peace making, and conflict resolution. ...
Examines how world religions play a role in conflict and conflict resolution. Investigates how values, world view, and hermeneutics influence...
Examines selected topics relating to analysis or resolution of conflict. Topics vary but may include historical...
Topics vary; they are announced each academic year.
Introductory skill-building course integrating conflict theory and practice using reflective practitioner model. Students learn necessary skills...
Taken in last semester of master’s student course work. Assists in developing students’ own theories of conflict and conflict...
In-depth field study of ongoing conflict situations, and design and delivery of intervention processes to manage or...
Covers conflict at macro level, introducing theories of international and global violence and conflict, drawing from...
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