10 Questions on Peace Mediation: Interview with Herbert C. Kelman

Martin Waehlisch
Humboldt University of Berlin – Faculty of Law; American University of Beirut

July 1, 2009

Questions on Peace Mediation Series, Center for Peace Mediation, Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance, European University Viadrina


For more than 30 years, Harvard University scholar Herbert C. Kelman has been working with Israelis and Palestinians to build peace in the Middle East. In the 1970s, Kelman developed the so called interactive problem solving workshop method, an unofficial third-party approach to the resolution of international and ethnic conflicts, anchored in social-psychological theory following a scholar-practitioner model.

Throughout his career, Herbert C. Kelman sought to apply psychological theory to major social issues, stressing the moral dimension as the center of his work. Herbert. C. Kelman is Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, at Harvard University, and was for ten years the director of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution (PICAR) at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

This interview was conducted on the occasion of the awarding of the Socrates prize to Herbert C. Kelman in April 2009 in Berlin. The award, granted by the German institution Centrale für Mediation, honours eminent mediators, who contributed with their outstanding work to the enhancements of mediation science and practice.

10 Questions on Peace Mediation- Interview with Herbert C. Kelman

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