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The Louise Diamond Committee to Protect Next Generations

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To honor the memory of Dr. Louise Diamond, co-founder of the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy, this Committee has been established in Bristol, Vermont where she was a resident.  Its focus is the impacts of global warming on the State’s fragile ecosystem and how to encourage Vermonters to reduce energy use by investing in energy efficiency retrofits using aggressive State-funded incentives.
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Top News can also be Good News

I am tired of only reading about bad news and want to share some good news stories if reported are quickly overshadowed by bad news. I am an optimist, I am a doer, and I like news that give me hope, that make me smile, that show me that, yes, our world has many challenges, BUT there are a lot of positive things happening that could well contribute to some improvement around our globe.

Here are a few news stories which, in my opinion, contain worthy positive aspect and which can lead to a more peaceful future for individuals or even for our globe.
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IMTD’s continued cooperation with the Central Tibetan Administration and our Congratulations to Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay

Sikyong Dr. Sangay with prestigious Presidents Medal
On 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. 
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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
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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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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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