Association for Conflict Resolution and Peace and Justice Studies Association Announce Collaboration: Joint Conference Planned for 2020

For those of us working in the conflict and peacebuilding fields, the announced collaboration between the Peace and Justice Studies Association and Association for Conflict Resolution is very significant.   I have long argued that our field has become too fractured with competing groups vying for  attention and  the participation of those doing similar work.   This has led to competition for limited resources, duplication of initiatives, and the inability to leverage in order to draw attention to important issues.  I raised this issue in a  blog I wrote in 2016.  This resulted in the Mosaic of Peacebuilding Networks Project (see attached) which concluded recently.

As a result of this collaboration, a  joint conference is now planned in DC in 2020.

Below is the statement from ACR.

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Mosaics of Peacebuilding Networks Project Status Update 7.2018



Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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