Dr. Tatsushi Arai

Dr. Tatsushi (Tats) Arai is an Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University, USA and holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, USA. He previously worked as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the National University of Rwanda as well as a representative of a Japanese development assistance NGO in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. In addition to being the author of a growing number of research publications on peacebuilding, reconciliation, psychosocial support, and development, Dr Arai has over 20 years of practitioner experience across 20 plus conflict-affected countries and regions, especially in sub-Saharan Africa (Rwanda, northeastern Nigeria), the Middle East, and East, South, and Southeast Asia. Dr Arai has previously served as a United Nations Senior Mediation Advisor on a when-actually- employed basis, and has also worked extensively with NGOs, community-based organizations, government agencies, and international organizations. With Dr J.B. Niyonzima, he has recently published “Learning Together to Heal” in the Peace and Conflict Studies journal to develop a conceptual framework of the Ubuntu Center’s work. Dr Arai is a Japanese citizen and currently lives with his tri-national family in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. For more information about his publications and initiatives, please consult his website.