Faculty and Staff:
PhD, George Mason University
MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies
BA, Waseda University, Japan
Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a scholar-practitioner of conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and multi-track diplomacy with twenty years of international experience. He is a professor of peacebuilding and conflict transformation at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and a Fellow of the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution in Virginia. Previously, Dr. Arai taught international relations at the National University of Rwanda and worked for a Japanese development NGO in Rwanda in the aftermath of its 1994 genocide.
As a mediator, dialogue facilitator, trainer, and advisor, he has worked extensively with political leaders, diplomats, military and peacekeeping professionals, civil society and religious leaders, humanitarian support professionals, and youth leaders. During the past decade, Dr. Arai’s work has focused on Syria, Lebanon, Israel/Palestine, Nigeria, Rwanda, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, Nepal, the Taiwan Strait, China-Japan relations, and Switzerland. International organizations to which he recently provided consultancy include UNESCO, the International Organization for Migration, and the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interreligious and International Dialogue. He also advises and partners with such civil society organizations as the Ubuntu Center for Peace in Rwanda, Afghan Peace Initiatives, Peaceful Myanmar Initiative, and Strait Talk (peacemaking across the Taiwan Strait).
Dr. Arai’s scholarship explores the link between theory, practice, and public policy. He is the author of Creativity and Conflict Resolution: Alternative Pathways to Peace (2012, London, Routledge) and co-editor and contributor to Contested Memories and Reconciliation Challenges: Japan and the Asia Pacific on the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II (2015, Washington, DC, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars) and Clash of National Identities: China, Japan, and the East China Sea Territorial Dispute (2013, Wilson Center). Many of Dr. Arai’s other publications focus on conflict-sensitive development, intercommunal coexistence, reconciliation, post-conflict reconstruction, peace education, and the roles of culture, religion, and identity in conflict and peacemaking. For these and other contributions to peacebuilding, in 2015 he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, where he earned his doctorate in 2005.
Dr. Arai is a Japanese citizen and currently lives in Massachusetts with his tri-national family.
- Arai, T. 2014. TED Talk: Dialogue in the Midst of Conflict.
- Arai, T. 2016. Lessons from the Swiss Experience of Nation-Building: Implications for Multi-National Societies in Conflict. Japanese Journal of European Studies 4.
- Arai, T. 2015. Toward a Buddhist Theory of Structural Peace: Lessons from Myanmar in Transition. Peace and Conflict Studies 22, no. 1.
- Arai, T. 2017. Conflict-Sensitive Repatriation: Lessons from Displaced Communities in Northeastern Nigeria. Conflict Trends
For more information about Dr. Arai's publications and applied practice, please visit http://works.bepress.com/tatsushi_arai/.