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The Dalai Lama is the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He is author of several books including Kindness, Clarity and Insight and Ethics for the New Millennium.

Jeffrey Pickering is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kansas State University. He is the author of Britain's Withdrawal from East of Suez: The Politics of Retrenchment (1998) as well as articles in the Journal of Peace Research, Political Research Quarterly, International Interactions, and the Journal of Political Military Sociology. His current research interests focus on interstate cooperation and conflict.

Hideaki Shinoda is a research fellow at the Institute for Peace Science, Hiroshima University, Japan. He is the author of Re-examining Sovereignty: From Classical Theory to the Global Ages and is recently conducting a research on peace-building activities from the perspective of the rule of law.

Hossain B. Danesh is a psychiatrist and the president of Landegg International University in Switzerland. He and Roshan Danesh are readying for publication a book-length manuscript on decision making and conflict resolution.

Roshan Danesh is a lawyer and associate professor of conflict resolution at Landegg International University. He is currently finishing his S.J.D. at Harvard Law School. He and Hossain B. Danesh are readying for publication a book-length manuscript on decision making and conflict resolution.

Rob Midgley is a Professor of Law at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He serves on the dispute resolution panels of a number of private and public sector organizations, as a mediator and arbitrator in environmental and labour disputes and as a trainer and facilitator in the fields of police and community relations. His research activity is primarily in the field of compensation law, but he also enjoys analysing issues arising from the application of dispute-resolution processes.

Cheryl de la Rey is an associate professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Cape Town. Her research and publications focus on gender, transformation and social policy. She has recently been appointed editor of the South African Journal of Psychology.

Susan McKay is a professor of Nursing and Women's Studies at the University of Wyoming. She has published extensively on women and peacebuilding and she was recently the president of the Division of Peace Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Elise Boulding is Professor Emerita of Sociology, Dartmouth College, and former Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association. A scholar-activist, she has undertaken numerous transnational and comparative cross-national studies on conflict and peace, development, family life, and women in society, as well as writing on the future. Her books include: The Underside of History: A View of Women through Time (1992), Building a Global Civic Culture (1990), One Small Plot of Heaven: Reflections of a Quaker Sociologist on Family Life (1989), The Future Images and Processes (with Kenneth Boulding) (1995), Cultures of Peace: The Hidden Side of History (2000).

Klaus Töpfer is Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. He also served as Chairman of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in Germany. Dr. Töpfer was professor at the University of Hanover. Throughout his academic and administrative career, the environment and development have been of central concern.


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