Creating a Forum for Community Dialogue and Action in Japan

After leaving the APADRC as Program Director and arriving in Tokyo this past August, time has been peeling away as I’ve acclimated.  There has been so much to learn: new cultural norms, language, re-establishing a routine, growing familiar with the institutions of International Christian University (ICU) where I am an MA graduate student, and getting …

Exit Stage Left – from the U.S. to Japan

by Charles Chang, APADRC Executive Director After ten months as APADRC’s Program Director, Claire Doran will be journeying to Japan to enter the Rotary Peace Fellowship and attend a graduate program.  Claire brought her worldly experience and conflict studies knowledge from Berkeley to transform APADRC’s programs and trainings.  Claire will be missed by all but …

Stepping Into Conflict

By Claire Doran, Program Director Most days, I speak about peace. Today, I want to speak about conflict.  Peace is not an escape from conflict, but the willingness to move into conflict.  John Paul Lederach gives a simple definition for conflict transformation: (1) a positive orientation toward conflict and (2) a willingness to engage in …