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The work of the Moakley Chair addresses the tragic crisis of divided societies around the world, in large part, by reinforcing a commitment to nonviolent methods among all participants in the reconciliation process.

Central to the mission of the Moakley Chair is encouraging McCormack students to be participants in the chair’s work by providing them with real policy- and peacemaking experience.

Guiding principles of the chair’s work:

  • People from divided societies are in the best position to help people in other divided societies. Former protagonists are best equipped to share their difficult journeys to abandon violence as the instrument to achieve their political aims and open the gateways to recovery, reconstruction, and reconciliation.
  • Securing the initially established peace can be fostered by citizens of divided cities working together in jointly sponsored, sustainable development and environmental restoration projects that directly benefit the citizenry and build a foundation of cooperation for the future, i.e.,  they can do together what they cannot do individually.

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