Knowledge and practice of peacemaking

Date01 September 2019
Published date01 September 2019
As the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution and Conflict Resolution evolve, we find an increasing
number of innovations, applications, and research to guide our theory and practice. It is for this rea-
son that the conference of the Association for Conflict Resolution is so critical to our continuing pro-
fessional development, network building, and thought development.
This year's conference in Tucson, AZ offered a chance to think deeply about the divides we
faceas a field(s), a nation, and as human beings seeking to live and work together harmoniously
while respecting important differences between us.
This issue of Conflict Resolution Quarterly offers thought provoking work to help us examine
and heal societal and interpersonal divisions. Solomon and Martin examine the Blue Lives Matter
and Black Lives Matter movements to help us better understand the psychology behind these move-
ments, as well as the ramifications for their political identities. This information can be used to help
us understand and reach across these identity-based divides.
Then, Eva Šerá Komlossyová's article provides an important next step in the peacebuilding pro-
cess through the examination of intergroup dialogue efforts and their ability to impact not only indi-
vidual changes in perceptions of the otherbut also sociopolitical changes, using efforts in Bosnia
and Herzegovina as examples.
Jeffrey D. Pugh and Karen Ross then examine the potential for alumni networks arising from
international education and peacebuilding efforts to impact conflict prevention and peacebuilding ini-
tiatives, creating long-term impacts even from shorter term initiatives.
Next, we turn to two articles examining training in various contexts and iterations. In addressing
conflict management in healthcare, Solarz and Gaspar examines the impact of training and coaching
on the reduction of costs and improvements in patient care, especially using the transformative
approach, which they argue may be especially well suited to healthcare workers. In contrast, Sabine
Walsh examines the best practices for incorporating experiential learning methods into online envi-
ronments so that students near and far can benefit from these impactful experiences.
Happy Reading!
Susan S. Raines PhD, Editor-in-Chief
Kennesaw State University, School of Conflict Management,
Peacebuilding and Development, Kennesaw, GA
DOI: 10.1002/crq.21267
Conflict Resolution Quarterly. 2019;37:5. © 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. 5

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