Information about Authors

Mary Clark is Professor, Emiritus, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. Dr. Clark is the author of Ariadne's Thread: The Search for New Modes of Thinking (1989). She is currenting completing her book on human nature.

Dov Ronen taught at the Hebrew University and at the Harvard University Extension and was affiliated for nineteen years with Harvard University's Center for International Affairs, six years as director of its Africa Research Program. He served as chairman of the Ethnicity and Politics Research Committee of the International Political Science Association, as an advisor of UNESCO's Project, Management of Social Transformations (MOST) on multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies, and as Principal Investigator, Institute of Conflict Resolution, Vienna, Austria, on several research projects. As Lecturer on Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, he has conducted a weekly seminar on "Conflict" for the last six years. Among his publications is an article in the Encyclopedia Britannica, and among his five books, The Quest for Self-Determination (1979), Pluralism and Democracy in Africa (editor, 1986), and The Challenge of Ethnic Conflict: Democracy and Self-Determination in Central Europe (1997). Perhaps because he is a survivor of the Holocaust in Hungary, his personal and primary research interests have been the causes and mechanism of conflict, the connection between violent conflict and the state, and the path to a future global order of peaceful relations among human beings.

Michele Zebich-Knos is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, Georgia where she serves as Coordinator of the International Affairs major. Dr. Zebich-Knos' research focuses on environmental policy and Third World conflict and development. She is author of numerous journal articles including "Haiti: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same," in Journal of Third World Studies and "Preserving Biodiversity in Costa Rica: The Case of the Merck-InBio Agreement," in the Journal of Environment and Development.

Michelle LeBaron is Associate Professor of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. She is a lawyer and psychotherapist who has worked in many areas of dispute resolution including public policy, international, family and intercultural.

Hendrik van der Merwe is Emeritus Honorary Professor and retired Director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution of the University of Cape Town, pioneered Conflict and Peace Studies in South Africa. He has lectured extensively in the United Kingdom, the USA and Germany. A Quaker "by conviction," he is on the board of the Quaker Peace Centre in Cape Town.