About The Speaker
Dr Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a scholar-practitioner of reconciliation, conflict resolution, and multi-track diplomacy with twenty years of diverse international experience. He is a Professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation at the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in the United States. Previously he was a lecturer of international relations at the National University of Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Dr Arai is the author or editor of four books including Creativity and Conflict Resolution: Alternative Pathways to Peace (Routledge). He is also the author of some forty articles in peace and conflict research. His areas of expertise include psychosocial healing, mediation, post-conflict reconstruction, transitional governance, conflict-sensitive development, conflict prevention, peace education, and the roles of identity, culture, and religion in peace and conflict. As a mediator, dialogue facilitator, and trainer, he regularly conducts workshops and contributes to diverse peacebuilding initiatives. These activities engage political leaders, diplomats, military and peacekeeping professionals, civil society and religious leaders, psychosocial support professionals, and youth leaders. During the past decade, Dr Arai’s work focused on Syria, Lebanon, Nigeria, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, the Taiwan Strait, China-Japan relations, the United States, and Switzerland. International organizations to which he recently provided consultancy include UNESCO, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Vienna-based King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and International Dialogue (KAICIID). Dr Arai is a Japanese citizen and holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University in the United States.