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Multi-Track Diplomacy

Ended Jan 22, 2018

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CATOES003 Partners in Conflict/Partners in Peacebuilding Projects

  • An intensive evening and weekend program of experiential learning and new perspectives on developing skills multi-track diplomacy and applying them to search for common ground in the current conflict in Israel-Palestine, specifically addressing the dispute over the Temple Mount/Haram Al-Sharif at the heart of both national identities.  The workshop, featuring a simulation engaging influential Israeli and Palestinian civil society representatives, will be co-facilitated by experienced Israeli-American and Muslim-American professionals, Professor Edward (Edy) Kaufman, and Professor John Davies. In an effort to bridge the negotiation gap between parties that remain caught in cycles of confrontation, unofficial channels will be explored using leading-edge interactive techniques. New insights from the workshop, arrived at through trust building, skills building (in areas such as nonviolent communication, prejudice reduction and integrative problem solving) and consensus building, will provide out-of-the-box policy options to inform ongoing multi-track work in the region.
  • CATOES002 is strongly recommended as a concurrent workshop. 
  • Meets Fridays, January 5, 12, and 19, 6-9pm; and Saturdays/Sundays, January 6, 7, 13, and 14, 9am-6pm. (Snow Day make-up if needed: January 20-21).
  • Offered by the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM), Department of Government and Politics, University of Maryland College Park. 
  • Instructors: Professor Edy Kaufman and Professor John Davies are Senior Associates with CIDCM, which has pioneered the development and application of multi-track diplomacy for resolving protracted ethnic, nationalist and other complex societal conflicts since the early 1980’s. They’re co-directors of CIDCM’s Partners in Conflict & Peacebuilding Program and have collaborated over 25 years in leading conflict transformation workshops in the Middle East, Latin America, Eastern Europe, South Asia & Africa. Also, Edy Kaufman has been Executive Director of the Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace in Jerusalem; and John Davies has trained UN peacekeepers, and helped build and run global & regional conflict early warning/response networks. 
  • Workshops do not post to the UMD transcript and do not count towards a student's academic record.  Neither grade nor credit is earned.  Students do not receive a University ID card and will not have access to University facilities such as recreation, transportation, and campus events.  Workshop students may access UMD Libraries as “Visitors”; see  All students who enroll in UMD non-credit workshops are subject to the rules, policies and regulations found at and]

 Enrollment: October 24, 2017 to January 2, 2018