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“While there are countless causes for conflict, hatred and indifference are what enable violence. Memories of past grievances, indignities, and pain all contribute to these feelings of hatred and indifference, and enduring peace can only be possible by first addressing these issues. At the ICfC, we believe that if opposing parties can get together to face their past with the help of skilled mediators, we can curtail the growing incidence of ethnic and religious conflicts in the world.” – Hillel Levine, President and Founder

“ICfC has been a perfect place to merge my personal agenda of peace building and my professional commitment to community building in the divided communities around the world. This is a lengthy and time-consuming work, but so necessary and important. I am thrilled to join the organization to strengthen and sustain its core practice.” – Anuradha Desai, Executive Director

“Working with the Center on trainings in India and the USA has allowed me to interact directly with people on the frontlines of peace-building in their communities. It has opened my eyes to the severe challenges — personal, physical, financial, psycho-emotional, intellectual — of an individual’s sticking to a path of nonviolence in the face of generations of hatred.” – David Baharvar, Fellow

“Chassia and Jabir, a Jew and an Arab, co-facilitators in Israel, and Bharat and Sadaf, a young Indian couple, he a Hindu, she a Muslim, work tirelessly to build bridges between their people. To me, they embody the spirit of the Center – that history is not destiny – and let me believe that there is hope for the world.” – Brigitt Keller, Fellow

“I am a Cambodian who was born with an already-existing history. From birth I was taught to hate my neighboring countries. Now I am sincerely grateful for being part of the ICfC. I believe that ICfC will help bring peace in the region with its effort to bring disputing parties together for dialogue sessions, trainings and workshops that concern the areas of mediating and historical conciliation and deal with the past.” – Vuth Kim, Facilitator, Cambodia
“I work on the Great Lakes region of Africa, where the ethnic part of ethnic conflict has been a deliberate construction, destruction, and reconstruction of identities in ways that underpin political power. My work with the Center gives me a frame for my intellectual questions about post-conflict Rwanda and Burundi, but it also gives me something more tangible, a chance to contribute to peace-building by engaging questions about history and memory that my colleagues in preventive diplomacy and conflict resolution studies usually regard as “spoilers.” History matters in these places, and people want a chance to talk about it. The Center helps open that space.” – Jina Moore, Fellow
“As a new born baby (someone who was born after the Khmer Rouge period), I am curious to know what people think about justice, truth, history, issues regarding the Khmer Rouge. It is crucial that people’s voices get heard and responded by concerned institutions. The ICfC is creating a platform for people to discuss those issues. I am grateful to be part of ICfC playing the role of information disseminators for villagers and concerned institutions.”- Vichhra Muoyly, Facilitator, Cambodia

“By supporting efforts to create safe space for Cambodians to voice their attitudes about history and justice, we built a lasting program for the ICfC in Cambodia. I also came to reflect on my own cultural identity, its relation to a past of genocide, and the importance of commemorating my own background.” – Adam Saltsman, Fellow

Working with the Center is an incredible experience. I am constantly inspired by the staff members and the people with whom we work around the world. The work of the Center creates a space for many people to face their past and cultural identity in a positive way and come together for a better future. The Center is truly doing unique and important work for peace and conciliation in the United States and around the world. I feel honored to be involved.” – Shanti Sattler, Fellow
“The ICfC is a perfect home for an academic refugee like myself. It combines deep analysis of protracted conflicts, developing theories and approaches about their management and mitigation with the practical, hands-on field experience. It is more than just work. It’s a belief, a passion, a goal in life.” – Dasha Kusa, Senior Fellow

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