Professor of the Practice of Mediation; Mediation Program Director
329B Hesburgh Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: (215) 500-2616
Areas of Expertise: mediation, conflict resolution, preventive diplomacy, United Nations peacemaking, African regional security
Laurie Nathan is director of the Kroc Institute’s new mediation program, which will serve as an international center of excellence for mediation research, training, policy and practice.
Nathan earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cape Town.
He is a Senior Mediation Advisor to the United Nations, serves on the UN Academic Advisory Council on Mediation and is the lead designer and trainer of the UN High Level Mediation Course. He has participated in high-level peacemaking efforts in Africa and helped design the mediation units of the African Union and African sub-regional bodies.
Prior to joining the Kroc Institute, Nathan was professor and director of the Centre for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and director of the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the University of Cape Town.
He is the author of four books, including Community of Insecurity: SADC’s Struggle for Peace and Security in Southern Africa and No Ownership, No Commitment: A Guide to Local Ownership of Security Sector Reform. He is also co-editor of two books and author of over 50 articles and chapters.
In 2018 Nathan was the lead author of a policy report on successful preventive diplomacy by the UN, entitled Capturing UN Preventive Diplomacy Success: How and Why Does it Work?
Policy Report: Capturing UN Preventive Diplomacy Success: How and Why Does it Work? A 2018 policy report on successful preventive diplomacy by the United Nations
Journal Article: “The Mandate Effect: A Typology and Conceptualization of Mediation Mandates,” Peace & Change 43(3): 318-343
Journal Article: Laurie Nathan, Karl DeRouen Jr. and Marie Olson Lounsbery, 2018, “Civil War Conflict Resolution from the Perspectives of the Practitioner and the Academic,” Peace & Change 43(3): 344-370.
Report: Laurie Nathan and Peter Wallensteen, "Violence, wars, peace, security," Rethinking Society for the 21st Century: Report of the International Panel on Social Progress, July 2018 (Report Chapter)