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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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 and...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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February 11. 2011
Egypt: Revolution or bust:  The international community has been energised by recent events, but where was it
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November 27, 2012
A faculty member from George Mason University’s World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution program
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May 2010
George Mason Center Espouses Power of Individuals to Build PeaceBring up the possibility of Middle East peace and a
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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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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 31, 2012
This is an important article on the stage we find ourselves in of the Syrian revolution. Russia’s defense to the
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May 21, 2010
Excerpt:   A first and important priority is to reframe the discussion around who participates, because that is
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December 23, 2014
There is no society that can survive without the rule of law, and the danger to the rule of law comes just as much
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June 30, 2009
Italy experienced the same developments Turkiye is going through during the ongoing investigation into Ergenekon. 
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This dissertation is a contextual and discourse analysis of the processes that occur within interfaith dialogue, using a historical case study, with the goal of yielding insight into the dynamics of religious discourse in conflict settings and the processes of change within religious organizations
April 02, 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. Utilizing the Protracted Social Conflict theory as an overarching
April 19, 2012
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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
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
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This course focuses on advanced consideration of CONF 101 topics, provides an introduction of the core notion of reflective practice, conflict...
Covers conflict at mezzo level, introducing theories of social harmony and conflict, drawing on sociology, social...
Covers conflict at macro level, introducing theories of international and global violence and conflict, drawing from...
Examines selected topics relating to analysis or resolution of conflict. Topics vary but may include historical...
Taken in last semester of master’s student course work. Assists in developing students’ own theories of conflict and conflict...
Analyzes ways world religions play role in conflicts, war, diplomacy, peace making, and conflict resolution. ...
In-depth field study of ongoing conflict situations, and design and delivery of intervention processes to manage or...
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...
Examines how world religions play a role in conflict and conflict resolution. Investigates how values, world view, and hermeneutics influence...
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