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Association for Conflict Resolution - International Section


ACR's International Section has released its Call for Nominations for Chair-Elect and Director-at-Large.  Please submit your nominations by September 12, 2015 (at Noon Eastern Daylight Savings time in the U.S.A.).  For information about submitting a nomination, click here.


ACR's International Section is currently organizing its annual showcase event, International Day 2015.  Please join us in Reno, Nevada USA on October 10 for a great day of speakers, networking, and fun. For more details about the Annual Conference program schedule, go to reno.acrnet.org.


Lee Paulson

Dear friends and colleagues,

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Chair for this 2014 to 2015 term. 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.

Kyra Buchko


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 15 countries, and currently direct 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 non-profits have been facing significant financial challenges and declining memberships. 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 growing 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, ACRIS leaders, and all Section members in the year ahead.

Mary Damianakis and Zara-Bella


My background is with family mediation, but throughout the years I have learned that mediation skills can extend far beyond family disputes. They are applicable to our communities, schools, and workplaces, and they stretch beyond borders. Let us be mindful that mediation skills can also be practiced amongst us.  This point is important as our section continues to grow.  We are all ambassadors for change, peace building, and conflict resolution.  We in the International Section are here, available to share our experiences with you. Sharing our work, our journeys, and our hopes is important to our profession and our learning.  The benefits of mediation, conflict resolution, and peace building reach far beyond our own backyard because we are all part of a much larger movement.  Our backgrounds, experiences, countries, and languages may differ, yet we all share similar values, hopes, and aspirations. The International Section communicates well, and celebrates diversity with insightful compassion. We want conflict resolution and peace building to grow and flourish internationally with a spirit of cooperation.

Throughout the years, I have come to admire the members of this section.  It is an inclusive, diverse group, with members from all over the world, working with collegiality, respect, humility, and passion. The International Section continues to welcome new members, acknowledge team work, and is grateful to all members for their contributions.  This group's dedication to mediation, peace building, and conflict resolution is huge, and it reaches all corners of the globe. Additionally, the International Section is an excellent example of how people choose to work respectfully, with consensus building, and to continue to spread the word of mediation, conflict resolution, and peace building. I continue to learn from all of you, and I am thrilled to be part of the group.

The photo accompanying this message is of me with my friend and neighbor Zara-Bella.

LogoThe 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

Individuals outside the United States who wish to be affiliated with ACR may do so as International Virtual Members for $63.00 per year.  For further information, CLICK HERE.