John Paul Lederach

John Paul Lederach

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Professor of International Peacebuilding

Office: 337 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
Phone: 574-631-6970

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Areas of Expertise

Peacebuilding, conflict resolution, conciliation

For nearly 30 years, John Paul Lederach, who is recognized for his pioneering work on conflict transformation, has traveled to areas of the world where conflict is a way of life to provide conciliation training and direct mediation. He is involved in conciliation work in Colombia, the Philippines, Nepal and Tajikistan, as well as countries in East and West Africa and has helped design and conduct training programs in 25 countries across five continents. He is the author of “The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace,” “The Journey Toward Reconciliation,” “Building Peace: Sustainable Reconciliation in Divided Societies” and “Preparing for Peace: Confliction Transformation Across Cultures.”


John Paul Lederach explores the evolution of the field from ‘simple’ conflict resolution to state-of-the-art strategic peacebuilding.

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The Kathmandu Post — Year Ender 2016: Half-hearted Peace

The New York Times — Colombia’s Peace Agreement

Chronicle of Higher Education — The Peace Professor

Christian Science Monitor — Conflict negotiator and writer John Paul Lederach has spent decades seeking new paths to peace