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Mohammed Abu-Nimer

Professor School of International Service

Additional Positions at AU

  • Director, Peacebuilding and Development Institute
Mohammed Abu-Nimer, of the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program, serves as Director of the Peacebuilding and Development Institute. He has conducted interreligious conflict resolution training and interfaith dialogue workshops in conflict areas around the world, including Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Northern Ireland, the Philippines (Mindanao), and Sri Lanka. In addition to his articles and publications, Dr. Abu-Nimer is the co-founder and co-editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development.


PhD, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University; MA, Hebrew University in Jerusalem; BA, Hebrew University in Jerusalem

SIS-School of Intl Service
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  • Fall 2018

    • SIS-619 Special Studies in Int'l Pol: Dialogue: Approaches & Applic
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    • SISU-106 First Year Seminar: Culture and Religion
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  • Spring 2019

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

As an expert on conflict resolution and dialogue for peace, Dr. Abu-Nimer has conducted research in these fields among Palestinians and Jews in Israel, focusing on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on the application of conflict resolution models in Muslim communities.

Selected Publications

  • Peace-Building By, Between, and Beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians.  (Editor, with David Augsburger.) Rowman and Littlefield, 2009.   
  • Muslim Peace Building Actors in Africa and the Balkans. Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research. (With Ayse Kadayifci.) (July 2008).   
  • Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East. (With Amal Khoury and Emily Welty.) USIP, 2007.   
  • "Interfaith Dialogue: A Guide For Muslims" (With Dr. Muhammad Shafiq), Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue (CISD) Salam: Peace and Justice Institute, and International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), July, 2007.   
  • "Peace Education in a Bilingual and Bi-ethnic School for Palestinians and Jews in Israel: Lessons and Challenges."Ilham Nasser and Mohammed Abu-Nimer. In: Educational Response to Conflict: Systemic issues. Macmillan Palgrave (Eds.). Zvi Bekerman (2007).   
  • "Religious Contribution to Dialogue and Nonviolence Actions in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Possibilities and Obstacles."Palestinian Society and History Review. Vol. 2. Spring 2007 (Arabic).   
  • Mohammed Abu Nimer and Ned Lazarus. "The Peacebuilders Paradox and the Dynamics of Dialogue: Psychosocial Approaches to Israeli/Palestinian Peacebuilding"  In: Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peacebuilding between Palestinians and Israelis. (J. Kuriansky ed.) (Greenwood Press, 2007).   
  • "We Make Friends with Our Enemies." Yale Israel Journal, Special Issue on Israel Palestine Elections, 2006.   
  • "Nonviolent Action in Israel and Palestine: A Growing Force," In: Bridging the Divide: Peacebuilding in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. (Eds.). Edy Kaufman, Walid Salem, and Juliette Verhoeven. New York: Lynne Rienner, 2006. (Also Translated into Italian)   
  • Contemporary Islam: Dynamic, Not Static. (Eds.) Abdul Aziz Said, Mohammed Abu-Nimer, and Meena Sharify-Funk. New York: Routledge Press, 2006.   
  • "Bridging Conflict Resolution and Human Rights: Promises and Challenges," in Human Rights and Conflict. (Eds.). Julie Mertus and Jeff Helsing (Eds.) Washington DC: USIP April 2006.

Professional Services

  • Steering Executive committee for International Conference on Nonviolence (Nonviolence International)   
  • Advisory Board of Abraham’s Vision   
  • Board of Trustees of Israeli Palestinian Research and Information Center, (IPCRI) USA  
  • International Advisory Board for Palestinian Review Journal   
  • Advisory Review Board Just Vision: Middle Eastern Peace Initiative   
  • Advisory Board Educators for Social Responsibility   
  • Advisory Committee for Islamic Conflict Resolution Conference   
  • Member of Advisory Committee of Kumarian Press   
  • Executive Committee. Peace Studies Section. International Studies Association (ISA)   
  • United States Institute of Peace, review board for Peace Scholar dissertation fellowships    

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • Jennings Randolph Senior Peace Fellow, USIP, 2008.
  • Morton Deutsch Award, 2005.
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Henry Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, 1999-2000.
  • Fellowship from the American Research Center in Egypt, New York, 1996-97.
  • A "Peace Scholar" Award-USIP (United States Institute for Peace), Washington, D.C, September 1991-September 1992.

Executive Experience

  • Co-Editor of Journal of Development and Peacebuilding (Co-Founder of the Journal) 
  • Coexistence International Advisory Board, Brandeis University   
  • Editorial Board of International Journal of Transitional Justice. Oxford University Press 
  • Steering Executive committee for International Conference on Nonviolence (Nonviolence International)
  • Executive Committee. Peace Studies Section. International Studies Association (ISA)  
  • United States Institute of Peace, review board for Peace Scholar dissertation fellowships 
  • Editorial board of OJPCR: The Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution
  • Reviewing board, Grant Program of the United States Institute for Peace (USIP)   
  • Board member of Center for Global Peace, American University, Washington DC
  • Executive Committee of Peace Studies at International Association Studies (ISA)


Media Appearances

AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

Middle East; Palestinian-Israeli conflict; Sri Lanka; Mindanao Philippines; international relations dialogue and negotiation; peace and conflict resolution and training; interfaith dialogue; peacebuilding and development programs evaluation

Additional Information:

As an experienced conflict resolution practitioner, Mohammed Abu-Nimer has worked in numerous war-zone areas, within formal negotiation settings as well as with community leaders and civil society groups. He has worked in many areas of the world, including Palestine, Israel, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Egypt, training political and community leaders in peace-building skills and strategies of negotiation. He has written, cowritten, and edited the following books: Dialogue, Conflict Resolution, and Change: Arab-Jewish Encounters in Israel (SUNY Press, 1999); Peacebuilding and Nonviolence in Islamic Context: Bridging Ideals and Reality (University Press of Florida, 2003); Peace-Building By, Between and Beyond Muslims and Evangelical Christians, (Lexington, 2009); Unity in Diversity: Interfaith Dialogue in the Middle East (USIP, 2007); and Modern Islamic Thought: Dynamic, Not Static. (Routledge Press, 2006) . He has also coedited several books and journals, including the Journal of Peace Building and Development  since Vol. 1, No. 1, 2002.

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