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About Tatsushi Arai

Dr Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a United Nations Senior Mediation Adviser, a Professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation at the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in Vermont, and a Fellow of the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) in Virginia. Previously he was a Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the National University of Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide.
Dr Arai has worked over the past twenty years as a mediator, dialogue facilitator, adviser, trainer, consultant, program evaluator, and peace researcher in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States. His latest activities include training Syrian, Lebanese, Turkish, Afghan, Pakistani, Nepali, and Nigerian government, civil society, and humanitarian assistance professionals; and providing an advisory role in Rwandan initiatives for community-based healing and reconciliation; facilitating interfaith dialogues and government-civil society exchanges in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and the Indo-Pacific regional context, and convening problem-solving workshops on the Taiwan Strait as well as on the East China Sea to help establish sustainable platforms of peacemaking and reconciliation. In addition, drawing upon the diverse institutional partnerships and venues in the United States and other countries, he has regularly trained and advised civilian government, military, police, and peacekeeping professionals, representatives of international organizations, and civil society and religious leaders in deeply conflict-affected countries and regions.
Dr Arai holds a BA in Law from Waseda University in Tokyo, an MA in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California, and PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University in Virginia. He speaks English and Japanese and has functional knowledge of French. He is a Japanese citizen and currently lives in Massachusetts, USA with his tri-national family.


Present Fellow, The Center for Peacemaking Practice, the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Present Professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation, SIT Graduate Institute

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