A Fond Farewell to IMTD Co-Founder, Dr. Louise Diamond

    louise-diamondDr. Louise Diamond died late Wednesday morning, May 20, 2015 at an assisted living facility near her home in Vermont.  She had been living with this most recent round of cancer for about 20 months.  During that time she was able to complete personal projects and enjoy time with close friends and family.

    As many of you know, Dr. Diamond (Louise to everyone who knew her) was a co-founder of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy.  She was a major voice in bringing systems theory to peacebuilding, a theory we still struggle to grasp and implement. A memorial service has been scheduled for June 22, 2015 in Burlington, VT.  Watch for more information about a Washington DC memorial.

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    IMTD Leadership Team Sets Sail by Special Invitation to UN

    High-Level Meeting on the 25th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

    By Adam Zemans, Program Director & Legal Advisor, IMTD

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    With the imprimatur and encouragement of IMTD’s Chairman, Ambassador (ret.) John McDonald, Executive Director Karen Dickman, Program Director & Legal Advisor, Adam Zemans, and Program Manager Raj Das traveled by invitation on 20 November 2014 to United Nations’ High-Level Meeting on the 25th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was hosted by UNICEF.

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    IMTD Urges Protection for Left-Behind Parents

    senate-kingProgram Officers Adriana, Benjamin, Carolina, Clara, and Jonathan accompanied Adam to meet with Bralyn Cathey, a Navy Legislative Fellow with the Office of Senator Angus King (I-ME) on 3 June 2014. In this session, we emphasized the impact of the proposed "Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2014" (S.2509) on Left-Behind parents in the United States.

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    Mediation Processes in Syria: Remarks at the UPF Conference

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    IMTD associate Noa Zanolli gave remarks at the UPF "Geneva: Track II" Conference "Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civicl Society" in Geneva, Switzerland. Read her talk, entitled "The Potential of Mediation in Support of the Peace and Democratization Process in Syria."

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    Visit to Tibilisi and IMTD-Georgia

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    From September 21 to October 2, 2013, John W. McDonald, Ambassador (ret.), made his 4th visit to the Republic of Georgia, this one arranged by the new IMTD-Georgia office, to be officially launched during Ambassador McDonald's visit. Read more about IMTD's past and present work in Georgia here.

    International Day of Peace 2013

    Ambassador McDonald on International Peace Day 2013

    In November 1981 Ambassador McDonald wrote a resolution which was presented by the Ambassador from Costa Rica to the UN General Assembly in November 1981 creating the International Day of Peace. With support from other world leaders, it was adopted unanimously and came into force in 1982. 

    This year, Ambassador McDonald spoke at the steps of the Capitol and received an award for his efforts and continued work on the goal of international peace.

    UN Draft Resolution on Intra-State Conflict

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    IMTD and Ambassador McDonald have been following the problem of genocide for several years. We and the world have been shocked at the failure of governments to take action to stop the genocide. In Rwanda (1994) and in Sudan (early 2000s).

    Ambassador McDonald learned first hand from four people born in Darfur in 2003 about the genocide that occurred there. But, we had no impact on the resolution of the conflict.

    In a new effort to try to change international law, IMTD has drafted a protocol (amendment) to the International Treaty on Genocide which has been adopted by 144 nations.

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