Daniel Rothbart

Daniel Rothbart
Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Ph.D., Philosophy, Washington University
St. Louis, Missouri
M.A., Philosophy, State University of New York at Binghamton

Biography

Daniel Rothbart is professor of conflict analysis and resolution at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. Professor Rothbart specializes in identity-based conflicts, ethics and conflict, conflict theory and philosophy, the causes of protracted violence, and civilians in war. In addition to his numerous publications in scholarly journals and volumes, he recently published the following books:

Identity, Morality, and Threat: Studies in Violent Conflict (co-edited),
Why They Die: Civilian Devastation in Violent Conflict (co-authored),
Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence, (co-edited),
Violent Conflict and Peacebuilding: The Continuing Crisis in Darfur, (co-authored).

He currently serves as editor of the book series “Ethics, Conflict and War” for Routledge Press.  And in the area of conflict resolution, he chairs the Sudan Task Group which works towards peacebuilding in the Darfur region of Sudan. For the website click here.

After earning his Ph. D. in philosophy from Washington University, St. Louis, Dr. Rothbart was a visiting research scholar at Linacre College, Oxford, at Dartmouth College (Summer 1994), and at University of Cambridge.

Dr. Rothbart won the ICAR Faculty Research Award (2007), Office of the Provost Excellence in Teaching Award (2000), and the Fenwick Fellowship Award (2000). His courses include the following: Ethics, Conflict and War; Philosophy, Conflict Theory, and Violence; Integration of Theory, Practice and R



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June 28, 2012
This book examines the continuing devastation in the Darfur region of Sudan, from the perspective of a multiplicity of conflicts of distinct types.The crisis reached its peak in 2003–2004, when certain Arab militias joined forces with the Sudan armed forces...
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March 26, 2012
This book explores the issue of civilian devastation in modern warfare, focusing on the complex processes that effectively establish civilians’ identity in times of war. Underpinning the physicality of war’s tumult are structural forces that create...
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March 26, 2012
The enormous body of literature on the militarism of nations centers on the tumultuous encounters of martial forces, the political events preced­ing such encounters, and the cessation of hostilities with victory declared by one side. In recent years, scholars...
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March 26, 2012
In Chapter 6 “The politics of civilian identity” Daniel Rothbart exam­ines how the category of civilians in war is subject to various institutional influences from three domains of modern warfare—international law, mil­itary strategies,...
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March 26, 2012
Can the plight of civilians in war be improved? Can martial forces adopt and implement policies that transcend parochial national interests and that override the polarizing militaristic framing of war—victory/defeat, allies/enemy, costs/benefits? Can the...
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February 28, 2011
Why do civilians suffer most during times of violent conflict? Why are civilian fatalities as much as eight times higher, calculated globally for current conflicts, than military fatalities? In Why They Die, Daniel Rothbart and Karina V. Korostelina address these...
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July 2009
This article examines the socio-psychological mechanisms that guided decisions of the Israeli leadership to attack the civilian infrastructure during the Lebanon war in 2006. Based on reports by the Israeli governmental commission for the war, known as the...
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September 09, 2008
The enormous surge in identity-based conflict has captivated world attention with a new sense of urgency to explain how cycle of violence are fueled by notions of identity and difference. Familiar models of nations-states at war fail to explain the character of...
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September 09, 2008
The scale of devastation of the innocents, caught violent conflicts throughout the world, is increasing. This is not incidental to the nature of identity conflicts. In today’s violent conflicts the innocents die in far greater numbers than do military...
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November 9, 2007
In cases of protracted social conflict, each protagonist group proclaims their cause to be just, their actions virtuous, and their sacrifices necessary. Over time, such declarations instill and solidify a system of normative positioning that orients one group...
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November 09, 2007
Positioning theory is the study of the nature, formation, influence and ways of change of local systems of rights and duties as shared assumptions about them influence small scale interactions. Evolving from linguistics origins, the theory concerns conventions...
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2007
In Philosophical Instruments Daniel Rothbart argues that our tools are not just neutral intermediaries between humans and the natural world, but are devices that demand new ideas about reality. Just as a hunter's new spear can change their knowledge of the...
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November 2006
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November 2006
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October 26, 2006
Identity, Morality, and Threat offers a critical examination of the social psychological processes that generate outgroup devaluation and ingroup glorification as the source of conflict. Dr. Daniel Rothbart and Dr. Karina Korostelina bring together essays...
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October 26, 2006
  
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May 28, 2004
Edited by Daniel Rothbart of George Mason University in Virginia, this book is a collection of Rom Harré's work on modeling in science (particularly physics and psychology). In over 28 authored books and 240 articles and book chapters, Rom Harre of Georgetown...
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March 01, 2002
Contrary to the assumptions of empiricist philosophies of science, the theory-laden character of data will not imply the inherent failure (subjectivity, circularity, or rationalization) of instruments to expose nature's secrets. The success of instruments is...
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September 01, 1998
Although Popper rarely examined the "life of the laboratory" (Latour's phrase), some of his epistemic doctrines reveal important themes about knowledge-acquisition in the laboratory sciences. In particular, when modern instruments are needed for...
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March 01, 1997
This study explains scientific progress through analogical cross-fertilization of ideas between distinct physical systems. In many cases, progress can be generatedfrom a radically new juxtaposition of apparently incongruous physical systems.
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September 24, 2014
Two S-CAR faculty members, Daniel Rothbart and Sudha Rajput, traveled to Khartoum, Sudan to facilitate a one-day
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February 06, 2014
The dominant theme for this year’s Point of View confer­ence, which will be held on the Arlington Campus in
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October 17, 2012
Dr. Rothbart, a Professor at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, speaking to Adeeb Yusif about the current
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March 2011
After all the parades, the patriotic tributes, and the media portrayals that enshrine familiar virtues while maligning
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November 2009
The Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR) is actively engaged in peacebuilding efforts in response to
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April 01, 2009
Caught in the wake of martial forces, civilians live a strange kind of existence. Cast as objects defined only in their
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December 01, 2008
In his victory speech on November 4, 2008, President-elect Barack Obama appealed to our best selves, reminding us of an
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March 01, 2005
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March 01, 2003
Third Organization of American States Summer Workshop: “The Role of the Media in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
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Point of View Conference Spring 2014Ethics, Conflict and ResolutionFebruary 15, 2014Location: GMU, Arlington Campus, Founders Hall Room 125.  Please see the revised agenda
February 15, 2014
Please join us for a lecture by Dr. Rom HarréBiography:Rom Harré was born in New Zealand but has spent most of his life in Britain and elsewhere. He studied chemical engineering and mathematics in parallel courses. Economic necessity forced him to use his mathematical qualifications for a career in
April 17, 2013
 Please join us for a proposal defense by Gul Mescioglu Gur, PhD Candidate This study seeks to explore how historical discourses, narratives, memories, traumas, and policies construct national identities of Turkish and Greek minority groups in Greece and Turkey. The analysis will examine
December 06, 2012
Are you interested in publishing, but you are not sure about the process or have questions about identifying journals or how to turn an idea into something publishable?On December 5th, you will have the opportunity to ask these questions and get the answers from your professors. The School of
December 05, 2012
Civilians and Modern War: Armed Conflict and the Ideology of Violence, Edited by Daniel Rothbart, Karina V. Korostelina, and Mohammed CherkaouiYou're Invited to a Book Launch Celebration on the Evening of Tuesday November 27th at 7:15-9:15PM - in the Arlington Truland Building, 3330 N. Washington
November 27, 2012
Please Join the ICAR Community in celebrating the release of:Why They Die: Civilian Devastation in Violent Conflict   The University of Michigan PressBy Daniel RothbartKarina V. KorostelinaRefreshments will be provided, Questions and Discussion welcomed.
April 14, 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
Please Join the ICAR Community as PhD student Athanasios Gatsias defends his proposal for a dissertation entitled:"Representation of 'Self' and 'Other' in History Textbooks: Exploring Popular Responses to Attempted Changes in the Dominant Discourse: The Case of 6th Grade History
March 09, 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
In analyzing conflicts, current CAR and IR theories focused on manifest parties and their actions. However, in some conflicts there are hidden spoilers who engage in either triggering a new conflict or escalating an ongoing one, and mostly this engagement is not known to the parties (either one of
February 07, 2011
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Analyzes theoretical basis undergirding methods of research in conflict resolution. Explores how theory is built...
A philosophical inquiry into the history and structure of...
These 1- and 2-credit courses are scheduled non-conventionally using weekends, concentrated presentations, and intersession periods to develop...
Provides framework for integrating theory and practice in conflict resolution. Reviews types of practice and theories...
Topics vary; they are announced each academic year.
Introduces students to the philosophies behind social science research and the methods for conducting research in the field of conflict resolution...
Examines major theories of conflict causation and motivation. Emphasizes need for theories to inform processes of conflict resolution. Weaves...
Introduces field of conflict analysis and resolution. Examines definitions of conflict and diverse views of its...
Capstone course in which students reflect on what they have learned, integrating knowledge from course work and...
Examines selected topics relating to analysis or resolution of conflict. Topics vary but may include historical...
Examines causes, sources, and origins of  group violence with particular attention to group violence of...
Covers deeply rooted, intractable, or protracted social conflicts around core issues of identity, including race,...
Introduces social science research methods at undergraduate level. Covers basic epistemology of social research,...
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