Christopher Mitchell

Christopher Mitchell
Professor Emeritus of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Ph.D, 1966-71, University College, London
B.Sc(Econ), International Relations, 1963-66, University College, London
Diploma in History, 1959-62, University of London
Westminster Teacher Training College, London, 1955-1957. Royal Liberty School, Romford, Essex, England, 1945-1950.

Biography

Chris Mitchell has degrees in Economics and International Relations from London University but is actually a historian able to recognise fraudulant economic reasoning [e.g. the “free” market] when he sees it. He has held academic jobs at London University, the University of Southampton and City University, London as well as teaching at the University of Southern California, Brigham Young University and the University of Maryland. He was on the full time teaching faculty of S-CAR for 17 years and was the School's Director for four of those. In the 1960’s he was part of the pioneering research team at University College, London which, under the leadership of Dr John Burton, developed the basic ideas of conflict resolution, problem solving workshops and informal “Track Two” interventions into protracted conflicts. Since then, he has been involved in T2 interventions that have tried to address the sources of, and solutions for conflicts between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, Israelis and Palestinans, Somalis and Ethiopians, British and Argentinians, Nationalists and Unionists in Northern Ireland, Basques and Spaniards, Moldovans and Trans-Dniestrians, as well as diverse Liberian factions.

His first serious research into conflict sources and dynamics involved work in the Horn of Africa before it was afflicted by the “Cold War”, followed by an examination of peacemaking and peace breaking in the Sudan on the 1970’s and 1980’s. Later work involved efforts to develop solutions for the conflict over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands, which involved an examination of the intellectual dead ends provided



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Awards and Honors
Travel Award to the USA
Fulbright Fellowship [L1000]. Travel Award to the USA. 1985-86.
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2013
This edited volume examines Basic Human Needs theory and interactive problem solving, looking at recent developments in thinking about both and how these might affect peacebuilding in contemporary conflicts of the twenty-first century.The era in the immediate...
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May 03, 2012
An introductory chapter setting out the supposed linkages between national peacemaking efforts and local peace-building initiatives.   
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May 03, 2012
Summarizes lessons to be learned from the above experiences regarding the effects of local peace building initiatives on national level processes and the (often ignored) effects of national policies on local efforts. 
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May 03, 2012
Local Peacebuilding and National Peace is a collection of essays that examines the effects of local peacebuilding efforts on national peace initiatives. The book looks at violent and protracted struggles in which local people have sought to make their own peace...
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April 03, 2012
Analyses President Alvaro Uribe’s strategy of “Democratic Security” for dealing with armed insurgents, and the effects this national level policy has had on local peace building initiatives in five Colombian peace communities.   
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December 10, 2011
The chapter discusses various kinds of change that precede moves towards cease fires and truces, talks about talks, and formal negotiations leading towards a durable peace. It focuses on changes of mind, changes of personnel and...
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September 12, 2008
The remaining two major presidential candidates have endorsed (i) maintaining and strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation regime and (ii) pursuing nuclear arms control measures with Russia and others. Regrettably, the State Department, which will bear the brunt...
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September 01, 2008
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February 01, 2007
The notion of having sanctuary from violence or threat has probably existed as long as conflict itself. Whether people seek safety in a designated location, such as a church or hospital or over a regional border, or whether their professions or life situations (...
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February 01, 2007
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February 01, 2007
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August 01, 2003
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March 01, 2001
The end game of peace negotiations between international actors has received a great deal of scholarly attention over the years. Much of this effort focuses on the processes by which states, leaders, or diplomats achieve durable solutions to differences previously...
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July 2000
This Working Paper is a model of using an in-depth, hands-on account of a specific case to explore and expand a body of theories and to test the efficacy of specific practices. Among the questions Mitchell considers are when is the timing appropriate for a problem...
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June 03, 2000
This book examines the ideas, assumptions, and theories that underpin how leaders of parties in intractable conflicts begin and sustain a process of peacemaking by offering to their adversaries "olive branches"--in more modern terms symbolic gestures,...
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June 01, 1997
We hope this collection of essays, and its case studies, analyses and lessons, will contribute to peace zone theory and also have a practical use for people in current and future zones of peace. The broad range of perspectives presented here lends itself more to...
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January 06, 1997
In developing the theme of local “zones of peace” for this issue of Peace Review, we began with a rather narrow conception. We knew about at least two types of peace zones. First, there were those that had been created by local, often grass roots,...
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September 01, 1996
In questioning traditional assumptions of the inevitability of war and conflict the main contention is that resolution of conflict is to be achieved by a collaborative, analytical problem-solving approach, involving both a set of theoretical assumptions about...
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November 01, 1995
The article uses two very different examples of third party mediation to illustrate the argument that intermediary flexibility has two aspects: freedom from constraint and capacity to undertake an influential interventive role by carrying out a variety of...
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September 01, 1995
The field of conflict resolution has reached a point in its evolution where hunches and intuitive guesses are being transformed into testable theoretical propositions. Nowhere is this more important than in the debate about when conflicts are "ripe for...
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February 01, 1991
An outline of potential answers to the problems of analyzing the decision-making component of the process of conflict termination is presented.
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October 1990
Moves intended to initiate de-escalation and begin a peace process are often difficult to make and even more difficult to identify unambiguously. Two examples from recent Anglo-Argentine relations provide a basis for investigating whether successful gestures of...
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October 01, 1989
Christopher R. Mitchell's "Conflict Resolution and Civil War: The Sudanese Settlement of 1972" is the third in a series of Working Papers reflecting the research interests and findings of the Center for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason...
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November 17, 1988
This collection of twelve essays examines the use of mediation in intranational as well as international disputes so that parallels and similarities between various approaches could be emphasized and the whole approach viewed as a universal means of managing human...
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November 17, 1988
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November 17, 1988
The above discussion has been a somewhat round-about way of explaining both the prevelance and the importance of mediation and the intermediary international conflict management.
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November 17, 1988
A second set of background factors can be grouped under the heading “motives for mediation”.
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June 01, 1981
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February 2011
At the beginning of December ICAR held the first of two events planned to commemorate the passing of Dr. John Burton in
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October 05, 2010
This summer saw us lose three individuals who, in various important ways, influenced the way we at the Institute think
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March 2010
The field of conflict and peace studies lost another pioneering and path breaking founder when Emeritus Professor David
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March 2010
The field of Conflict Analysis and Resolution is a relative newcomer to academia, with its roots reaching back to the
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May 01, 2009
Last summer, a subcommittee of the Point of View Academic Program Committee met following an April conference which
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June 01, 2008
The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) is moving its research to Point of View (PoV) now that the
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June 01, 2008
March 15, 2008, at Point of View, saw the second session of a small task group set up to discuss the organizational
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June 01, 2008
May 14, 2008, saw the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) celebrating it first 25 years with a
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February 01, 2008
As the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year, any personal
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Peacebuilding Approaches and Processes in UkraineTuesday, April 8th
9:30 am to 11:00 amJohns Hopkins University SAIS
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1740Massachusetts Ave NW
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April 08, 2014
Please join S-CAR for an evening to recognize Kevin Avruch, Solon Simmons, Alicia Pfund, Christopher Mitchell and Landon Hancock for their recent books.  Reception will begin at 5:30, followed by discussion of each of the books at 6:00pm.  Wednesday, October 2nd 6:00-8:
October 02, 2013
Contentious Conversation 3 -- "Conflict Analysis and Resolution:  Topic, Discipline, or Field?"Date:  **Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2011Time:  12:15 - 1:15 p.m.Location:  Truland Building, Room 555
April 06, 2011
ICAR Professors Dan Rothbart, Susan Allen Nan and Chris Mitchell will report on three on-going problem solving workshop series that currently form part of the "Program on Probem Solving" at our Point of View location in Lorton, VA.Please joint the ICAR community in learning
February 23, 2011
The devastation of civilians in contemporary conflicts represents a humanitarian disaster of stunning proportions. The current ratio of military to civilian casualties is approximately one to eight while 90% of wars are civil wars in the new century. Such devastation is systematically embedded
March 27, 2009
This dissertation explores James H. Laue’s approach to conflict resolution by examining his applied theory of third-party intervention. A scholar/practitioner of both theory and practice from the early 1960s to the early 1990s, Laue’s contributions to building the field of conflict
December 02, 2008
Dissertation Committee: Richard Rubenstein, J.D., ICAR (Chair) Christopher R. Mitchell, Ph.D., ICAR Dean Pruitt, Ph.D. ICARContact: Erica Soren, carevent@gmu.edu
November 25, 2008
Dissertation Committee: Dennis Sandole, Ph.D., ICAR, (Chair) Christopher R. Mitchell, Ph.D., ICAR Donald Gantz, Ph.D., Applied Information Technology, GMUContact: Erica Soren, carevent@gmu.edu
November 25, 2008
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