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pUBLICATIONS

Below are a number of articles, books, and films authored by Center for Emergency personnel and colleagues, reflecting ongoing research and publication.
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Merle Lefkoff, et.al, "Negotiations Following a Crisis--A Simulated Scenario", Confronting Terrorism – 2002, Los Alamos Strategic Studies Program, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico.

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Merle Lefkoff, “Sacred Diplomacy as The Adjacent Possible Praxis”, in Transforming:  Applying Spirituality, Emergent Creativity, and Reconciliation, Eds. Vern Neufeld Redekop and Gloria Neufeld Redekop, Lexington Books, 2021.

Merle Lefkoff, Founder and Director of the Center for Emergent Diplomacy contributed Chapter 18, "Sacred Diplomacy as 'The Adjacent Possible Praxis'", Transforming Peacebuilding to Meet the Challenges of a Warming Planet

"Global crises—from pandemics to climate change—demonstrate the vulnerability of the biosphere and each of us as individuals, calling for responses guided by creative analysis and compassionate reflection. Transforming, building on its companion volume, Awakening, explores actions that create paths of understanding and collaboration as the groundwork for transformative community."

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Merle Lefkoff,”How We Can Work Together”, in “Groundswell:  Indigenous Knowledge and a Call to Action for Climate Change”, Eds. Joe Neidhardt and Nicole Neidhardt, Strong Nations Publishing, Inc., 2018.

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Merle Lefkoff, “Sacred Diplomacy in the Emerging Ecozoic Era”, Kosmos Journal for Global Transformation, Winter, 2018.

"Even though Western science searches for knowledge through experiment, and Native science through experience, at the heart of both cosmologies is the principle of nonlinearity. We students in the West, separated too long from Nature, are still largely taught to think in linear ways: one cause produces one predictable effect. In complex systems like a classroom, a city, a nation, a universe, one cause—even something very small—can have multiple, mostly unpredictable, and sometimes mysteriously large unanticipated effects: the hummingbird flapping her wings in Brazil affecting the vortex that brings a massive hurricane to Florida.

 

What if traditional global diplomacy used the principles of complex dynamic systems to transform the possibility for a just and lasting peace in our universal valley?"

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Merle Lefkoff, “Swarming Justice:  The Role of Mass Movements in Conflict Transformation”, Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, Canadian Mennonite University, Vol. 47, No. ½, pp.71-83, 2015.

"The field of what is increasingly called Conflict Transformation devotes a lot of attention to the role of the “expert” intervener in facilitating constructive change in relationships as well as in dysfunctional social and political structures. But what if the interveners are a “swarm” of ordinary citizens forming networks and mobilizing social movements to demand political, social, and environmental justice across a range of issues? This paper proposes the science of Complex Adaptive Systems as a new lens through which to understand mass citizen mobilization as a form of conflict intervention using a case study of “Idle No More,” an indigenous group of First Nations protestors catalyzing a peaceful revolution to protect land and water. The paper examines the utility of expanding peace research to include complex systems principles such as self-organization, social entropy, distributed leadership, and the networked world of conflict transformation."

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Merle Lefkoff, “Two Women, Catherine Ashton and Wendy Sherman, Key Shapers of the Iran Deal," Foreign Policy in Focus, 2015.

"Catherine Ashton and Wendy Sherman navigated through the diplomatic shoals of the Iran nuclear deal. Media pundits and academic analysts have been slow to realize that a very different kind of diplomacy is at work in the Iranian breakthrough, and it is worth considering that its success was due in part to a negotiating process I dare call more “feminine” and “emergent.” At risk of over-simplification, I’d like to report that neuroscience research suggests that women are better at communicating than men, and that advantage results in the formation of more trusting relationships. The ability to “navigate relationships” as Ashton suggested, may have been one of the key elements in the success of the negotiations. Navigation needs patience to arrive at the proper coordinates, “a 360-degree view” according to Sherman."