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March 9, 2008

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs - Yemen
Tribal Conflict Management Program

Nadwa Al-Dawsari, former student of the Center for Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Nadwa and Humphrey Fellow (2004-2005), visited the Center in February and delivered a talk, "Managing Tribal Conflict in Yemen," which combined perspective on tribal culture and traditional approaches to conflict managment (tribal customary law) with an analysis of current efforts to reduce violent conflict and to improve economic development prospects in Yemen. Nadwa serves as senior program manager for Yemen's National Democratic Institute for International Affairs' Conflict Management Program.

In designing and managing the tribal conflict management program in Yemen, Nadwa helps the Yemeni government and tribal leaders deal with the causes and manifestations of tribal conflict.

She holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of Leeds, England. While at the Bloustein School as a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, she received training and conducted research on conflict resolution and public policy issues. The Humphrey Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.

The NDI's "Tribal Conflict Mangement Program" focuses on capacity-building and conflict management in several designated development areas where poverty is intense: unemployment rates are high; illiteracy is rampant; and, overall, there is a lack of basic services. Causes of conflict have to do with land and land-related issues; perceived misallocation of government resources and competition over what resources there are. NDI's approach, with financial assistance from the USAID, is to conduct research, establish causes, evaluate existing mechanisms for managing disputes and develop ways, with the contributions of citizens, to improve the management of conflict and improve the prospects for economic development by technical assistance and training.



Nadwa Al-Dawsari (with her tribal shiekh colleague)



Pictured are Nadwa with some tribal leaders discussing launching a campaign to revive the old tribal tradition of safe havens to protect schools, students and teachers from revenge killing and conflicts.

January 7, 2008

Seeking Detente on the Delaware
Linda Stamato and Sanford M. Jaffe

This article also appeared under the title, "Jersey and Delaware Need Not Resort to Court", in the Op-Ed section of The Star-Ledger on Friday, December 14, 2007.

September 13, 2007

Mediation Can Help Residents Live Under Condominium Rules
Linda Stamato and Sanford M. Jaffe

August 28, 2006

Avoiding Closing Arguments
Sanford M. Jaffe and Linda Stamato

January 19, 2006

One outgrowth of the July 19 - 21, 2005, GPAC (Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict) work, i.e., the Global Conference on Civil Society: Forging Partnerships to Prevent Violent Conflict and Build Peace, that took place at the United Nations, in New York, is the decision, in December, 2005, by the General Assembly and Security Council, to create a Peacebuilding Commission to help stabilize and rebuild societies emerging from war. CNCR is a member of GPAC and has been working for several years to create a capacity, globally, for assisting countries to re-build after the cessation of civil strife, which, we believe, is critical to effective conflict resolution.

Jan Eliasson of Sweden, president of the General Assembly, told the New York Times (December 21, 2005) that the commission was critical for keeping war-torn countries from reverting to hostilities, which, he said, had occurred in half the cases over the past 20 years where conflicts had ended.

The commission is intended to pick up the international effort in such countries when peacekeeping missions are completing their tasks of bringing fighting to an end and monitoring cease-fires Again, in the New York Times, Secretary General Kofi Annan told the GA that while many parts of the UN had traditionally been involved in helping countries in longer-term recovery after protracted conflicts, there had never been an entity to coordiate those activities, develop expertise and strategy and focus attention on reconstruction and building of institutions. "Too often," he said, "a fragile peace has been allowed to crumble into renewed conflict."

The commission will have 31 members, seven of which, including the 5 veto-holding permanent members, will come from the Security Council; 7 from the Economic and Social Council; and others from nations that suppy the most troops for peacekeeping missions and also represent geographical balance. Representatives of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, among other institutional donors, are expected to attend commission meetings. IThe commission will advise the Security Council and submit reports to the General Assembly for debate.

August 5, 2005

Feature Article

Freight Train Blues
Linda Stamato and Sanford M. Jaffe

May 20, 2004

Read about recent mediation of asbestos legislation and land use decision-making and public participation.

Feature Article

State Solutions
Policy Consensus Initiative

State Solutions is a project sponsored by Policy Consensus Initiative, under the direction of Abby White (Vermont) and Lang Marsh (Oregon). The project's purpose is to create a (or strengthen an existing) statewide mechanism to facilitate collaborative problem solving to advance public goals and public policy objectives.

Conflict Resolution and Public Policy: Two Decades of Experience
Linda Stamato

An expanded version of this article will be appearing in Conflict Resolution Notes.

Updated February 3, 2004

The following is an excerpt from an article entitled "An ADR Approach to School Financing Disputes," published in this month's PolicyConsensus.org E-News:

The State of New Jersey and the Education Law Center in Newark, an advocacy group for urban schools have negotiated an agreement in Abbott v. Burke, a lawsuit that was before the New Jersey Supreme Court for 22 years.

The mediated settlement created a process for the parties to work collaboratively on critical issues such as regulations to implement court decisions regarding school supplemental programs, administrative matters, and classroom instruction in 30 of the state's poorest districts. Read the rest of the story.

Webmaster note: In the fourth paragraph of the article on PCI's Web site, New York's Attorney General Eliot Spitzer is identified as "Former Attorney General." Spitzer is still currently the state's Attorney General.

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