Faculty and Staff:
Peace and Justice Leadership
PhD, George Mason University
MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies
BA, Waseda University, Japan
Dr Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is a Professor of Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation at SIT Graduate Institute and a faculty member of Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT), SIT’s summer peacebuilding institute. He is also a United Nations Senior Mediation Adviser and a Fellow of the Center for Peacemaking Practice at George Mason University's School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (S-CAR) in Virginia. Previously he taught international relations at the National University of Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. As a mediator, dialogue facilitator, trainer, adviser, and peace researcher, Dr. Arai has worked extensively in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States. His latest activities include training Syrian, Lebanese, Turkish, Afghan, Pakistani, Nepali, and Nigerian government, civil society, and humanitarian assistance professionals; providing an advisory role in Rwandan initiatives for community-based healing and reconciliation; facilitating interfaith dialogue and government-civil society exchanges in Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and the broader Indo-Pacific regional context; and convening problem-solving workshops on the Taiwan Strait and the East China Sea to help establish sustainable platforms of peacemaking and reconciliation. Drawing upon diverse institutional partnerships in the United States and other countries, he has regularly trained and advised civilian government, military, police, and peacekeeping professionals; representatives of international organizations; and civil society and religious leaders. Dr. Arai is the author of many publications including Creativity and Conflict Resolution: Alternative Pathways to Peace (Routledge) and Enacting a Culture of Peace: Adult Learners’ Guide to Peace Education in Myanmar (UNESCO, forthcoming). He is a Japanese citizen and lives in the United States 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. 2017. Conflict-Sensitive Repatriation: Lessons from Displaced Communities in Northeastern Nigeria. Conflict Trends
- Arai, T. 2017. Toward a Buddhist Theory of Conflict Transformation: From Simple Actor-Oriented Conflict to Complex Structural Conflict. Peace and Conflict Studies 24, no. 2.
For more information about Dr. Arai's publications and applied practice, please visit http://works.bepress.com/tatsushi_arai/.