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George Mason University

Marc Gopin

James H. Laue Professor of World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution
Director, Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution

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  • 703-993-1308 (office)
  • Arlington: Vernon Smith Hall, 5094
    3351 North Fairfax Drive, MS 4D3
    Arlington, VA 22201

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Marc Gopin is the James H. Laue Professor of Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, and the Director of the Center on Religion, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Gopin has lectured on conflict resolution in Switzerland, Ireland, India, Italy, and Israel, as well as at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, and numerous other academic institutions. Gopin has trained thousands of people worldwide in peacemaking strategies for complex conflicts in which religion and culture play a role. He conducts research on values dilemmas as they apply to international problems of globalization, clash of cultures, development, social justice and conflict.

Gopin has engaged in back channel diplomacy with religious, political and military figures on both sides of conflicts, especially in the Arab/Israeli conflict. He has appeared on numerous media outlets, including CNN, CNN International, Court TV, The Jim Lehrer News Hour, Israel Radio, National Public Radio, The Connection, Voice of America, and the national public radios of 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.

Gopin’s research is found in numerous book chapters and journal articles, and he is the author of Between Eden and Armageddon: The Future of World Religions, Violence and Peacemaking (Oxford University Press, 2000); Holy War, Holy Peace: How Religion Can Bring Peace to the Middle East (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; Healing the Heart of Conflict (Rodale Press, 2004); and To Make the Earth Whole: The Art of Citizen Diplomacy in an Age of Religious Militancy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008).

Dr. Gopin is the creator and principal author of, a daily weblog exploring the transformation of conflicts facing humanity.


PhD, Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University (1992)

MA, Eastern and Judaic Studies, Brandeis University (1988)

BA, European Intellectual History, Columbia College (1979)

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Faculty Rank: Professor

Honors & Awards

First Intercultural Innovation Award, World Tourism Organization

July 12, 2013

Media Appearance

ICJS Imagining Justice in Baltimore: A Jewish Perspective

March 28, 2016

In the News

The Difference Between Protest America 1968 And 2017

Published on January 24, 2017

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Conflict Management Fieldwork in Jordan Yields Surprises, Insights

Published on September 30, 2016

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Cure Police Violence As If It Were a Disease

Published on July 13, 2016

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My Turkish Airport

Published on July 1, 2016

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Religions meet at VST

Published on June 17, 2016

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Presentations & Performances

Frontiers in Peacebuilding lecture series at EMU brings in four experts

May 9 2016 | Eastern Mennonite University

Webinar: Forging Alliances for Peace: Insights from a Conflict Resolution Scholar-Practitioner

May 6 2013 | Arlington Trulan Building

The Culture of Peace

Jan 6 2005 | Assad Library in Damascus