Marc Gopin
Biography & Resources


Marc Gopin is the director of George Mason University's Center on Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution. As an author, professor, researcher, and consultant, Gopin brings an expert eye to issues of peace and global conflict. His particular emphasis is on the role of religion and culture in not only sparking conflict, but as critical to reaching lasting resolution between peoples and nations. Widely recognized for his lectures and trainings on peacemaking strategies, Gopin has worked in Ireland, Israel, India, Switzerland, and Italy, and has presented at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and Princeton Universities. He has also engaged in back channel diplomacy with religious, political, and military figures on both sides of entrenched conflicts, especially in the Arab/Israeli conflict.

Dr. Gopin is the author of Between Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence and Peacemaking (Oxford University Press, 2000), as well as Holy War, Holy Peace (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. His latest book, Healing the Heart of Conflict: Eight Steps to Mending Broken Relationships, will be published in the fall of 2004 by Rodale Press. He has appeared on numerous U.S. media outlets, including CNN, CNN International, Court TV, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, NPR (National Public Radio), The Connection, Voice of America, as well as on radio programs in Israel, 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.

Dr. Gopin was ordained as a rabbi at Yeshiva University in 1983 and received a Ph.D. in religious ethics from Brandeis University in 1993. He is a senior researcher at the Fletcher School for Law and Diplomacy's Institute for Human Security.

selected books

Healing the Heart of Conflict: Eight Steps To Mending Broken Relationships
(Forthcoming, Fall 2004, Rodale Press)
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Between Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence and Peacemaking
(Oxford University Press, 2000)
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Holy War, Holy Peace: How Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East
(Oxford University Press, 2002)
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selected articles

"This War is About Religion, and Cannot be Won Without It"

"The Practice of Cultural Diplomacy"

organizational affiliations

The Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution (CRDC)
CRDC engages in practice, research and education concerning the contribution of world religions to conflict and to peace with the goal of creating political, religious and social openings to allow international political compromises and vital peace processes to flourish.

articles & interviews