Kevin Avruch

Kevin Avruch
Dean, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution; Henry Hart Rice Professor of Conflict Resolution and Professor of Anthropology

Ph.D, Anthropology, 1978, University of California San Diego
M.A, Anthropology, 1973, University of California San Diego
A.B, Anthropology (Honors), 1972, University of Chicago

Biography

Kevin Avruch, since 2013 S-CAR's Dean, is also the Henry Hart Rice Professor of Conflict Resolution and Professor of Anthropology in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and faculty and senior fellow in the Peace Operations Policy Program (School of Public Policy), at George Mason University. He received his A.B. from the University of Chicago and M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego. He has taught at UCSD, the University of Illinois at Chicago and, since 1980, at GMU, where he served as Coordinator of the Anthropology Program in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology from 1990-1996. From 2005-2008 he served as Associate Director of S-CAR.

Professor Avruch has published more than sixty-five articles and essays and is author or editor of seven books, including Critical Essays on Israeli Society, Religion, and Government (1997), Culture and Conflict Resolution (1998) Information Campaigns for Peace Operations (2000), Context and Pretext in Conflict Resolution: Culture, Identity, Power and Practice (2012), and Conflict Resolution and Human Needs: Linking Theory and Practice (2013, with C.R. Mitchell). His other writings include articles and essays on culture theory and conflict analysis and resolution, theorizing power and practice, third party processes, cross-cultural negotiation, nationalist and ethnoreligious social movements, human rights, and politics and society in contemporary Israel. Professor Avruch has lectured widely in the United States and abroad.  He spent the 1996-1997 academic year as senior fellow in the Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace at the U



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Fulbright Specialist Grantee
Fulbright Specialist teaching and consulting at the Malaviya Peace Research Centre, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India, December 2011
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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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January 01, 2013
This article is a personal reflection on the development of the field of conflict resolution/peacebuilding and conflict studies from the perspective of the classroom: how what is thought necessary to teach has changed as the field has grown and reracted to often...
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February 2012
Written by a distinguished scholar, this book explores themes of culture, identity, and power as they relate to conceptions of practice in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Among the topics covered are ethnic and identity conflicts; culture, relativism,...
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2011
By Nike Carstaphen, Kevin Avruch and Laurel Collins:  In support of the Irish Peace Process, the Walsh Visa Programme provided job and training opportunities in the United States for unemployed youths from Northern Ireland and designated border counties of...
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2010
Foreward, by Dennis Sandole:There is a natural tension between “forewording” a group of presentations made in honor of a distinguished colleague on the occasion of his or her retirement and one made in memoriam of that same colleague as a consequence...
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Fall 2009
A project of the Singapore Mediation Centre, this book (An Asian Perspective on Mediation) is a welcome addition to the growing literature on non-Western modes of conflict resolution (negotiation and mediation in particular), as well as a contribution to the...
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April 01, 2009
This article compares "training" to "education" generally and, specifically, with respect to the question of how this distinction plays a role in teaching negotiation and the possible emergence of a "second generation" of negotiation...
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October 27, 2008
Executive Summary:The Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program (IPPCTP) was a groundbreaking initiative introduced by Representative James T. Walsh (R-NY) and signed into law in October 1998. The IPPCTP is also known as the Walsh Visa Program (WVP). The...
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September 09, 2008
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September 01, 2008
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February 01, 2007
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December 06, 2006
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April 04, 2006
Beginning in the summer of 2003, as part of the "Broad Field Project" in conflict resolution directed by Christopher Honeyman, and in collaboration with Professor Andrea Schneider of the Marquette University Law School, an effort was made to elucidate a...
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2005
This article traces the course of the Sino-U.S. negotiation in April 2001, to resolve the crisis following the collision of a U.S. surveillance aircraft with a Chinese fighter jet off of China's coast and the subsequent unauthorized emergency landing of the U.S....
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March 01, 2005
From within the discipline of conflict resolution -- especially as it sought to differentiate itself from the then-dominant perspectives of international relations in the late 1970s and early 1980s -- the notion of "intractability" links to the work of...
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January 01, 2004
In this essay I consider some of the special problems that humanitarian workers in the field encounter when engaging in negotiations with parties whose cultural backgrounds differ substantially from their own. After a brief description of the parameters of...
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December 2003
Drawing on recent, critical work dealing with culture theory, ethnicity, and multiculturalism, this essay seeks to address the nexus between conflict resolution theory and practice, and aims primarily to contribute to the work of practitioners functioning as third...
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2003
In her wide ranging and provocative essay, Carrie Menkel-Meadow manages to portray both of self assurance of the mature scholar and experienced practitioner, as well as (serially, if not quite simultaneously) the anxiety and doubt of the self critical agnostic...
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August 01, 2003
Understanding the concept of culture is a crucial prerequisite for effective conflict analysis and resolution. That said, "Culture, " the literary critic and theorist Raymond Williams points out, "is one of  the two or three most complicated...
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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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2002
This is an overview of the nearly two dozen "truth commissions" that have been conducted around the world since 1973, following major atrocities involving human rights violations. The UN (El Salvador) and various NGOs (Rwanda, Paraguay) have sponsored...
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October 2001
This article examines the characteristics of recent ethnographies of "conflict zones," especially those that seek to bring an experience-near depiction of violence to the reader. These works are contrasted to older ethnographic treatments of violence. A...
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June 01, 1999
The military's conception of information operations is broad, dividing the domain into three functional areas. The first has to do with how information relates to the overall success of the mission. Information in this sense includes intelligence, logistics,...
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October 01, 1998
After years of relative neglect, culture is finally receiving due recognition as a key factor in the evolution and resolution of conflicts. Unfortunately, however, when theorists and practitioners of conflict resolution speak of “culture,” they often...
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July 30, 1998
This unique collection of comparable case studies addresses the need to assess modes of conflict resolution in a larger sociocultural context with attention to varying approaches and cultural perspectives. Editors Avruch, Black, and Scimecca, along with other...
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June 01, 1998
By "interactive conflict resolution" (ICR) Fisher means face-to-face, small group discussions between unofficial representatives of parties (from identity groups or states) that are engaged in destructive conflict; these discussions are aimed at conflict...
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June 01, 1997
This book is part of a series of review volumes sponsored by the Association for Israel Studies that provides a framework for discussion of research and scholarship on all aspects of Israeli society. It brings together original review essays commenting on issues...
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February 01, 1996
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December 01, 1993
Culture, power and international negotiations: understanding palau-US status negotiations SAGE publications, Inc.1993DOI:10.1177/03058298930220030701 peter W.Black department of sociology and anthropology and member of the faculty liaison committee of the...
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November 01, 1993
In a thoughtful 1989 paper, Dennis Sandole and joseph Scimecca discuss a field of action and scholarship they call Conflict and Peace Studes or "CAPS". They describe this field as a dynamic context that includes conflict analysis, management and...
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August 01, 1993
Designed for postgraduates or researchers who wish to understand the integration of theory and practice in conflict resolution, this volume contains a series of essays which aims to help readers understand and deal with the major problems of violent conflict at...
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January 01, 1991
This article arises from an ongoing project in the theory of conflict resolution focused on what can be called "the culture question." Our aim here is to sharpen the sense of how culture is understood in conflict resolution.
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May 01, 1987
Since the 1960s the study of ethnicity has become a forum for vigorous inquiry among anthropologists, in part, I suspect, because it allowed us to rejuvenate the central discourse of our discipline, on the concept of culture. Is ethnicity to be understood...
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January 01, 1987
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September 01, 1986
In its first decades, studies of Politics in Israel-regardless of the number of time the word "change" appeared in their titles-were more likely to assume an underlying continuity than its opposites. Such continuity was exemplified in their undergirding...
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September 01, 1984
The 16 chapters in this book come from a conference at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London in 1979. Three chapter editor Trapper's introduction concluding pieces by Ernest Gellner and Andrew Strathern are general in coverage. The remaining papers...
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October 01, 1982
Most anthropological treatments of entrepreneurship view the entrepreneur as an innovator concerned with maximizing profits. In the work of Fredrik Barth, the profit-seeking aspect has been generalized in a model of social organization based on transactional...
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June 01, 1982
The case of immigration to Israel presents an excellent opportunity to follow Erickson's lead to conceptualizing certain matters of identity "in our time" one aspect of the problem of identity and modernity.
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September 01, 1981
Subject classification:- Religion: Judaism; Anthropology: Cultural and Social; Sociology: General.
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April 01, 1979
In the period following the 1993 Yom Kippur War, a new movement has gained increasing popular support in Israel. Called Gush Emunim ("The bloc of the faithful"), the movement presents an irredentist stance vis-a-vis the west Bank (Judea and Samaria) and...
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February 07, 2014
Citing the work as “innovative, reflective and interdisciplinary” as well as brave enough to confront
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January 07, 2014
The Conflict Research Society (UK) has named Kevin Avruch’s book, Context and Pretext in Conflict Resolution:
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September 27, 2013
Kevin Avruch has been appointed dean of George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-
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October 01, 2011
Whatever the underlying causes, many serious social conflicts are characterized by violence, and once violence has
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February 2011
In December, 2010, the University Board of Visitors, following similar action by the Faculty Senate and with the
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November 01, 2002
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Kevin Avruch was the Joan B. Kroc Peace Scholar during Spring 2009. He is professor of Conflict Resolution and
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S-CAR's 26th Annual Lynch Lecture with John Paul LederachLectureWednesday, November 19th7:20-9:00pmFounders Hall AuditoriumReception6:15:-7:00pmMultipurpose Room 126George Mason University<
November 19, 2014
Conflict Resolution and Civil Rights In U.S. Communities: The Next 50 YearsCelebrating the Contributions of James Laue, Wallace Warfield, and Roger WilkinsThe School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution and the Community Relations Service would like to invite y
November 19, 2014
The 2014 Symposium on the State ofGraduate Education in Peace and Conflict Resolution:School of Conflict Analysis and ResolutionGeorge Mason UniversityAfter successful gatherings at Brandeis University, University of Notre Dame, and American University, this collective continues to build momentum
May 20, 2014
School for Conflict Analysis and ResolutionConvocation Ceremony THURSDAY, MAY 156:30pmThe Center for the Arts(on the Fairfax campus)
May 15, 2014
Political instability in Nigeria, the Great lakes region and the Central Africa RegionThursday March 20, 2014,7:00pm - 9:00pmConference Room 5183US Ambassador Johnnie Carson will join the S-CAR community from 7pm to 9 pm for an evening of discussion about his extensive work and experience on the
March 20, 2014
Informal Conversation with Johan GaltungSponsored by the Working Group on Systemic Violence with Richard RubensteinMonday, November 25th4:30pm-6:30pmMetropolitan Building 5183
November 25, 2013
Please join S-CAR in welcoming Johan Galtung for a Brown Bag DiscussionMonday, November 25th12:00pm-2:00pmMetropolitan Building 5183Light Lunch provided  Part 2: Q & A
November 25, 2013
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
Please join S-CAR in welcoming Maya Kahanoff (Ph.D) for a Brown Bag discussion on 'Reconciliation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Prospects and Challenges'. Maya will be joined by co-discussant Fakhira Halloun, and the event will be moderated by Professor Kevin Avruch. Monday,
September 16, 2013
30 Years at S-CARLearning from the Past, Imagining the FutureOn April 20th 2013 S-CAR will come together in Founders Hall on the Arlington Campus to celebrate our thirtieth anniversary. And we do mean celebrate: In addition to lunch and a swing band (that means dancing!) and a cash bar in the later
April 20, 2013
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Introduces field of conflict analysis and resolution for doctoral students. Examines definitions of conflict and...
Explores violence from variety of intellectual and political perspectives. Readings are wide-ranging and...
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Covers deeply rooted, intractable, or protracted social conflicts around core issues of identity, including race,...
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