Marc Gopin

Conflict Resolution practitioner, Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason U.

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, 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 has led interventions for conflict resolution and diplomacy training for 30 years in the Middle East, particularly in Israel and Palestine and Syria, but also in Afghanistan and Iran. Since 2012 Gopin has pioneered interventions in Turkey and Jordan with Syrian survivors and activists. 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, and he is the author of Between Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence and Peacemaking (Oxford University Press, 2000);  Holy War, Holy Peace: How Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2002), a study on what was missing from the Oslo Process, and what will be necessary culturally for a successful Arab/Israeli peace process; Healing the Heart of Conflict (Rodale Press, 2004); To Make the Earth Whole: The Art of Citizen Diplomacy in an Age of Religious Militancy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008); and Bridges Across an Impossible Divide: The Inner Lives of Arab and Jewish Peacemakers (Oxford University Press, 2012). His latest research is summarized in his 2015 TED talk at Dr. Gopin is the creator and principal author of, a weblog exploring the transformation of conflicts facing humanity and violence reduction. Dr. Gopin has several thousand readers from every section of the globe, through his Facebook community, blog community, and the readership of CRDC.