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

Biography

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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2009
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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2012
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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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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June 16, 2014
Imagine a violent world in which all means to defend yourself with violence is out of the question. No matter which way
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June 16, 2014
"The crisis “would not have happened if it wasn’t for the sectarian and exclusionary policies that
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May 20, 2014
Democracy is dead, long live democracy. Modi has won by a landslide in India. Touted everywhere as the world's
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May 01, 2014
That is what I heard as I was training down the coast of my beloved New England on May 1. Responding to the
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April 21, 2014
As we end this Passover/Easter time, I am struck and impressed by the emphasis Christian friends have placed on their
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February 25, 2014
As the United States ends its war in Afghanistan, it is a good time to reflect on American attitudes towards violence
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January 3, 2014
'Ceasefire' Is the Syria Word We Need to HearA bloodbath of civilians, torture and murder of children, willful
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November 03, 2013
The world watched in awe as the people of Egypt rose up by the millions two years ago, a revolution that then led to
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October 2, 2013
From Damascus to Cairo, the early hopes of the Arab Spring have been dashed against the reality of old political and
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Every person and every place are unique in their culture, and this uniqueness is one of the driving forces behind the global increase in tourism. In 2012, 1 billion tourists are expected to travel the world; that number has been consistently growing over the years and is forecasted continue
April 06, 2012
Come to an Open House with CRDC to hear about our summer courses that we will offer abroad this year!  You will get a chance to hear from students have gone on our trips and professors who will teach the courses.  We will also provide refreshments that will give you a taste of the regions
March 01, 2012
Under the supervision of the American Consulate General in Jerusalem, and with Ta’awan, A Palestinian Nonprofit OrganizationThe Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution “CRDC” at George Mason University is sponsoring a discussion on the Palestinian statehood
October 25, 2011
JOIN US FOR:“AN EVENING WITH CRDC” Come learn about our Center and the Overseas Classes that we offer from the faculty that lead the trips!  We will be hearing from Dr. Marc Gopin and Dr. Leslie Dwyer about the trips that they lead overseas!  We will also hear from students
September 22, 2011
Social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube may not be the reason for the wave of democratic revolution sweeping across Northern Africa and the Middle East, but it is certainly the platform for giving voice to a previously unheard public outcry.
April 11, 2011
ICAR PhD student Cindy Mazur will defend her doctoral dissertation entitled:"Seven Days in the Crescent City: Kartina's Handlers, Crisist Discourse, and Story Lines." Abstract:
March 30, 2011
Dr. Kreisberg will examine Barack Obama administration’s mediation efforts in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict from a constructive conflict approach,
March 05, 2010
The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) “Citizen Diplomacy Evening.” The CRDC presented its first annual Citizen Diplomacy Award to Hind Kabawat for her pioneering work in Syria.
October 19, 2009
To Make the Earth Whole studies the art of citizen diplomacy—a process that can address clashes of religion and culture across regional lines even when traditional negotiations between governments can fail. While faith and regional differences have been sources of division around the world in
October 15, 2009
The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC) is pleased to invite everyone to a joyous “Citizen Diplomacy Evening” at 7:30pm on Monday October 19 in Room 555 of the Truland Building. We will be presenting CRDC’s first Citizen Diplomacy Award to CRDC
October 09, 2009
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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...
This course focuses on advanced consideration of CONF 101 topics, provides an introduction of the core notion of reflective practice, conflict...
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