Congratulations to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet!

    We are so proud of the members of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015. In the wake of the Jasmine Revolution in 2011, leaders of four different organizations, part of civil society, established in the summer of 2013 a peaceful political process that saved the country from further social unrest and the outbreak of a civil war. These leaders formed the National Dialogue Quartet and worked for months relentlessly, to establish a constitutional system of government guaranteeing fundamental rights for all its citizens.

    This is exactly what IMTD believes in and how multi-track diplomacy should work - a groundbreaking systems approach to peacebuilding, adaptable in all regions of our globe that are challenged by violent conflicts and where the citizens want a sustainable peace.

    John W. McDonald, Ambassador, (ret).
    Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Multi-Track Diplomacy

    IMTD’s continued cooperation with the Central Tibetan Administration and our Congratulations to Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay

     Sikyong Dr. Sangay with prestigious Presidents MedalOn Tuesday, October 13, 2015, John W. McDonald, Ambassador ret., Chairman and CEO of IMTD, attended the award           ceremony,      organized by IMTD’s President Dr. Brian Polkinghorn, at Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD, to honor the Sikyong  (Prime Minister) of the Central  Tibetan Administration, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, with Salisbury University’s prestigious President’s  Medal.  

     Dr. Sangay, the political leader of the Tibetan government-in exile, is only the second recipient in the University’s 90 year    history to receive this award. He was warmly welcomed by the President of the University, Dr. Janet Dudley-Eshbach in a large  auditorium filled with 700 people from Faculty, staff, students and people from this town on the Maryland Eastern Shore.

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    IMTD Salutes Senator Angus King (I-ME), Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, and Former Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns For Their Adroit Multi-Track Diplomacy Regarding the Iran Nuclear Deal

    By Adam Zemans, Programs Director & Legal Advisor

    IMTD is delighted that Congress approved the Iran Nuclear Deal. U.S. credibility as promoters of the deal and our ability to form a military coalition if necessary in the future, will depend on our follow through going forward. In the run up to passage, I had the good fortune to participate in a public forum regarding what is more officially known as the “Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” at the University of Southern Maine (USM) in Portland, Maine.

    IMTD supported the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and wants to particularly salute the multi-track diplomacy of Senator Angus King (I-ME), former U.S. Senator George Mitchell, and former Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Ambassador (ret.) Nicholas Burns, for their adroit analysis and courageous stance on the issue. They exemplify the best in U.S. politics and diplomacy. We believe theirs is a robust example of how multi-track diplomacy can be used to bolster political capital in favor of international peace and rule of law.

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    Youth Leadership and Diplomacy Class at George Mason University Arlington Campus


    On September 23, 2015, Ambassador (ret.) John W. McDonald addressed 50 senior high school students from all over the country, brought to Washington, D.C. by the National Youth and Leadership Forum, to look at and learn about aspects of National Security,  Intelligence, Defense and Diplomacy. After hearing from Ambassador McDonald about life as a career diplomat, work in international organizations such as the United Nations and its specialized agencies as well as the steadily growing influence of non-government agencies in the field of conflict resolution, the students had an opportunity to use the remaining time for a question and answer period which testified to their great interest in serving their country and their willingness to learn to utilize tools of critical thinking, analysis and reflection to achieve their individual goals. Several students stayed behind to ask further questions."

    IMTD and Sovereignty First presented a 5 day training on the INCA process from July 6 - 10, 2015

    UntitledIMTD and Sovereignty First presented a 5 day training on the INCA process from July 6 - 10, 2015.  Nine students finished a module, with 2 now ready for field placements.  The principles of Inclusive Nationalism and developmental scales were highlighted.  The week culminated in a presentation to the staff of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa about how INCA can be useful for the national development of Syria.  Presenters included Dr. Eric Wolterstorff, founder of Sovereignty First; former Congressman Michael P. Flanagan; Ambassador John Herbst, and Executive Director Karen Dickman (not pictured).   

    IMTD delivered a workshop for journalists in conflict sensitive journalism from June 2 – 6, 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

    nepalDuring the summer of 2014, IMTD delivered a workshop for journalists in conflict sensitive journalism from June 2 – 6, 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Institute for Conflict Management Peace and Development served as the local collaborators for recruiting the participants and organizing the venue. The workshop focused on promoting conflict sensitive journalism. The topics addressed broadly included Understanding Peace/Conflict, Conflict Analysis, Media Effects and Framing, Language and Under-representation and The Nepali Media Environment.

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    IMTD conducted Conflict Resolution and Multi-Track Diplomacy Training for the Tibetan community in Bangalore, India.

    In May 2014, IMTD conducted another round of the Conflict Resolution and Multi-Track Diplomacy Training for the Tibetan community in the Fantasy Golf Resort in Bangalore, India. The training was conducted in collaboration with the Central Tibetan Administration. The training was led by Dr. Eileen Borris from May 19 - 23, 2014. Mr. Dylan Zehr, Program Officer for Nepal assisted the training. The participants included 20 community members from within the Tibetan settlements in India. The topics covered during the training included Introduction to Peacebuilding; Multi-Track Diplomacy; Facilitation Skills; Dialogue Facilitation, Forgiveness and Reconciliation; and Reconciliation. This training was well appreciated by the participants for helping the community members to develop conflict resolution skills which are an important life skill in today’s world.

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