MESSAGE FROM KYRA BUCHKO, CHAIR
As a mediator and lawyer, my background is in the justice and human rights sectors, and includes 20 years’ experience in international legal reform, program design, management and evaluation. Since 2006, my focus has been on mediation, conflict resolution education, and organizational capacity development. I’ve lived in Eastern Europe and South Asia, worked in 17 countries, and currently serve as Senior Technical Director for New-Rule LLC, an international rule of law consulting practice. In addition, I am a Trustee for the US foundation of a New Delhi-based NGO providing child rights’ advocacy and youth empowerment programs throughout South Asia.
For the past several years, many professional associations and other not-for-profits have been facing significant challenges in growing organizational resources and support. Yet in these times of high-stakes multilateral conflict and complex, multi-party disputes at the local level, the need for strong and active international networks of conflict resolution practitioners and educators has never been greater. I am confident that the increasing momentum among Section members and conflict resolution colleagues from across the globe will enable us to build, reinvigorate and institutionalize a wide range of association activities and other professional support for all Section members.
With a dynamic, multi-cultural membership and leadership, we will all be challenged to explore new ways of thinking about conflict management and peace building, thus energizing our individual practices and approaches to work. I look forward to working closely with the Chair, ACR IS leaders, and all Section members in the year ahead.
MESSAGE FROM TRIP BARTHEL, CHAIR-ELECT
Trip Barthel has a M.A. in Conflict Resolution and was the Founder and Executive Director (1999-2009) of the Neighborhood Mediation Center in Reno, Nevada. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Nevada and at the National Judicial College, both located in Reno, Nevada. He has trained over 2,000 people in conflict resolution and mediation skills. Trip has 4 articles on www.mediate.com, 2 articles published in AC Resolution Quarterly and a book, Transforming Conflict into Consensus. He has given over 20 conference presentations. He lived full time and taught in Shanghai from Spring 2008 to Spring 2015 at Tongji University, Jiao Tong Law School and the Shanghai University of Political Science and Law. He has also taught in Hong Kong, India, Manila, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Russia, Eastern Europe, London, and has trained judges from over 30 different countries.
MESSAGE FROM LEE PAULSON, IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
Dear friends and colleagues,
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Immediate Past Chair for this 2015 to 2016 term. As always, I’m excited to get to know more of our diverse membership and continue to work with the section to help us achieve our goals in the new year. We have a strong and energized leadership group and a membership committed to continued growth and expanding the section’s outreach activities globally.
I have a background in linguistics with a master’s in mediation and applied conflict studies. I’ve lived and worked in South-east Asia and West Africa. I’ve currently volunteering for a local mediation center in Maryland working in international development with most of my projects located in West Africa. I’m particularly interested in outreach to Africa and Asia as well as strengthening our current efforts and ties.
The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. Based in the United States, ACR represents and serves a diverse national and international audience that includes more than 6,000 mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, educators, and others involved in the field of conflict resolution and collaborative decision-making.
The ACR International Section is one of 18 ACR’s professional interest/topical Sections that provide members with a way to meet other professionals in their special areas of interest. It is made up of hundreds of ACR members from countries around the world and is one of the fastest growing ACR Sections. The Section is committed to honoring and building understanding of the differences in cultures, language and approaches to effective conflict resolution and building peaceful coexistence. more
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