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 thousands of mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, educators, and others involved in the field of conflict resolution and collaborative decision-making.
The ACR International Section is one of ACR’s 18 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, approaches to effective conflict resolution, and peaceful coexistence.
We are actively developing international networks, connecting members and colleagues to resources and member expertise, building global awareness both within ACR and outside ACR, and promoting capacity building for the effective resolution of disputes and conflict management in all nations and regions of the world.
The International Section has been a source of energized leadership, remaining committed to the fundamental principles of collaboration, inclusion, and innovation within the organization and throughout the world. In 2007, we launched an e-membership pilot program to invite our colleagues from Latin America to join ACR virtually. That program is now a worldwide program. More than 50 new members signed up at our first co-sponsored international conference in Bogotá, Colombia, in June 2007, and the effort was expanded to a conference in Argentina in May 2011. We also recently sponsored conferences by the South Eastern European Mediation Forum (SEEMF) in Croatia in November 2008, and in Mumbai, India in December.
The Conflict Resolution Networks Initiative is slowly taking shape, with growing networks in South Asia, South America, Brazil, and Eastern Europe, among others. Please look at their nascent pages on this website, and use our new web comment feature to add new information and ideas. Section leaders also participated in conferences launching the European Mediation Network Initiative in Vienna, Austria (October 2007) and Belfast, Northern Ireland (March 2008).
As a section, we continue to promote quality international programming at the annual conferences. We also actively support ACR’s commitment to diversity by organizing the Spanish track during the conferences to allow for Spanish-speaking practitioners from both abroad and the U.S. to participate actively in our meetings. The section’s International Development Committee has finalized a comprehensive directory of professionals and organizations working in conflict resolution and development, and continues to sponsor annual awards for leadership in the development field.
If you are not already a member, please join us in networking and promoting a culture of conflict resolution throughout the world!