The Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York fulfills part of its mission through regular programs relevant to the field. See below for upcoming programs.

Upcoming events open for Registration

    • Tuesday, November 05, 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • JAMS, 620 8th Ave (16th floor), Manhattan

    The Mediation Settlement Day is an annual event hosted by ACR-GNY that celebrates the importance and value of conflict resolution for the greater New York community. This year’s theme, The Multiplicity of Mediation, focuses on mediation adapted for various contexts including the United Nations, federal court programs, and community relations.

    We're excited about the program this year! Through lively and energetic discussion, we'll celebrate the many contexts of mediation and their impact on conflict resolution, both as we know it now and in the coming years.

    Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
    Time: Reception at 5:30pm, Program 6:00 - 8:30pm
    Location: JAMS, 620 8th Ave (16th floor), Manhattan, between 40th and 41st Streets

    Please note: advance registration is required for security purposes.

    Keynote Speaker: Honorable Raymond E. Kramer, Executive Director of the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution at NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

    Frontline Champion: Rebecca Price, Director of ADR Programs at the US District Court of the Southern District of New York


    • Matthew Lattimer, Conciliation Specialist at the US Department of Justice, Community Relations Service
    • Deborah Mendez, Director of Mediation at the Office of the UN Ombuds and Mediation Services at Headquarters
    • Rebecca Price, Director of ADR Programs at the US District Court of the Southern District of New York

    Please note: advance registration is required for security purposes.

    At this time registration is closed as we have reached capacity.

    We appreciate your interest and invite you to become an ACR GNY member

    to stay up to date about future programming.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    Honorable Raymond E. Kramer, Executive Director of the Center for Creative Conflict Resolution at NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings

    Raymond E. Kramer is an administrative law judge at the New York City Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH), where he serves as the Director of the Administrative Judicial Institute and the Executive Director of OATH’s Center for Creative Conflict Resolution. He is an experienced mediator and an adjunct clinical professor of law at New York University Law School, where he co-teaches the Mediation and Advanced Mediation: Dispute System Design Clinics. He is also an adjunct professor at New York University’s School of Professional Studies, where he teaches Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management in the Human Resources Master’s Degree program, and New York University’s Wagner School, where he teaches Negotiation. For the past two summers, he has taught Conflict Resolution at Beijing’s University of International Relations. He is the President of the New York State Administrative Law Judge’s Association (NYSALJA) and a member of the New York City Bar Association.

    Matthew Lattimer, Conciliation Specialist at the US Department of Justice, Community Relations Service

    Matthew T. Lattimer is a graduate of Columbia College, Columbia University in the City of New York with an AB in history and holds a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. While in law school, he was part of a mediation clinic at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, he also had held internships at the United Nations with the Economic and Social Council and with Robert P. Patterson, Senior U.S.D.J. in the Southern District of New York. He has been a Conciliation Specialist with the United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service since 2008.


    The Community Relations Service is the Department's "peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, and national origin. Created by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, CRS is the only Federal agency dedicated to assist State and local units of government, private and public organizations, and community groups with preventing and resolving racial and ethnic tensions, incidents, and civil disorders, and in restoring racial stability and harmony.


    With passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, CRS also works with communities to employ strategies to prevent and respond to alleged violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or disability. CRS facilitates the development of viable, mutual understandings and agreements as alternatives to coercion, violence, or litigation. It also assists communities in developing local mechanisms, conducting training, and other proactive measures to prevent racial/ethnic tension and violent hate crimes committed on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability. Before coming to the Department of Justice he worked as an account manager at LexisNexis--the legal, news and public records database where he was responsible for the account management, training and marketing of large national and regional law firms in New York City.

    Deborah Mendez, Director of Mediation at the Office of the UN Ombuds and Mediation Services at Headquarters

    Deborah Mendez took up her functions as Director of Mediation on 1 October 2012, after having served as Senior Mediator in the Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services at Headquarters since July 2010.

    Before joining the United Nations, Ms. Mendez was managing director and founding partner of the Institute for Dispute Resolution Ltd., a private firm in Trinidad and Tobago. In this role, she was involved in mediating workplace issues, cases related to family and divorce, as well as community, commercial and court-referred disputes.

    Ms. Mendez is an attorney-at-law with more than 20 years of experience in informal dispute resolution and specific expertise in the design and implementation of conflict resolution systems. Throughout her career she has trained judges, lawyers, court staff and senior executives in the public and private sector, and consulted for several international organizations, including the United States Agency for International Development, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the International Labour Organization, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States and the Carter Center.

    In addition to having extensive professional experience in mediation, both in the private and public sectors, Ms. Mendez holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of the West Indies and a Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution from the University of Massachusetts, United States, which she obtained as a Fulbright scholar. She has received formal training in the mediation of labour and workplace disputes, arbitration, negotiation and executive mediation. She is a member of the International Ombudsman Association.

    Rebecca Price, Director of ADR Programs at the US District Court of the Southern District of New York

    Rebecca Price is the Director of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Prior to this position she directed the Mediation Clinic at Brooklyn Law School, was a Supervising Attorney in the Mediation Clinic at CUNY School of Law, and taught ADR at the New York University School of Continuing Professional Studies. Rebecca has also taught lawyering/legal writing and interviewing and counseling at Cardozo Law School, and was supervising attorney in the Economic Justice Program at CUNY School of Law. Rebecca is the former Coordinator of the Special Education/Early Intervention and ACCES VR Mediation Programs for Safe Horizon Mediation Program (now the New York Peace Institute). Before turning her focus to ADR, Rebecca was the Assistant Director of Visual AIDS, created and oversaw the Children’s Mental Health Project at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and was a Senior Attorney in the Special Litigation and Appeals Unit of Mental Hygiene Legal Service. Rebecca is certified as an Initial Mediation Trainer for the Community Dispute Resolution Centers Program of the Unified Court System of the State of New York. Rebecca currently teaches an ADR Survey at New York University School of Law and is a frequent speaker and trainer about mediation, conflict resolution, and communication. Rebecca was named as one of the 2017 honorees for Distinguished Leadership as part of the New York Law Journal’s Professional Excellence Awards. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner and a much adored dog.

    • Thursday, November 07, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
    • John Jay College: 899 Tenth Avenue, Room L61, Manhattan


    ACR-GNY CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College present:


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    In walking 11,000 miles in New York City, Bill Helmreich has learned much about resolving and avoiding conflict. His lessons are based, in part, on encounters with gang members, immigrants, and engaging with people in general. The lessons come both from studying the changing faces of neighborhoods over time, and from observing the daily conflicts he saw in parks and diners and on the streets and sidewalks.This talk will provide case studies of what happened and what didn't happen.

    WILLIAM HELMREICH is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Colin Powell School at City College of NY & CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of seventeen books, including The New York Nobody Knows; The Manhattan Nobody Knows; What Was I Thinking: The Dumb Things we Do and How to Avoid Them: and The Things They Say Behind your Back: Stereotypes and the Myths Behind Them. Articles by or about him have appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, Newsday, and other publications and he has appeared on Sunday Morning CBS News with Charles Osgood, Oprah, PBS, and other shows.

Past events

Thursday, October 03, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Building a Culture of Conflict Tranformation in Brazil
Thursday, September 26, 2019 Practice Group: Commercial & Employment Mediators
Sunday, August 18, 2019 ACR-GNY Summer Social
Thursday, August 01, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: When Privilege, Race and Culture Converge: Conflict with "Allies" in the Workplace
Thursday, July 11, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST:Expanding NY State Courts' ADR Initiative: A Roundtable Discussion
Thursday, June 06, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST:RESPECT MATTERS: How Procedural Fairness Can Improve Client Engagement and Public Trust
Tuesday, June 04, 2019 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2019
Thursday, May 02, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Slavery's Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation
Thursday, April 04, 2019 (copy) ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Adaptive Mediation: Navigating Conflict Dynamics and Derailers
Thursday, April 04, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Adaptive Mediation: Navigating Conflict Dynamics and Derailers
Thursday, February 07, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: The Intersectionality of Leadership and Conflict: Embracing 3.0 Best Practices with a Refined Playbook
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting & Elections
Thursday, January 03, 2019 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Restorative Practices in the Schools: What are We Restoring?
Thursday, December 06, 2018 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Bandaging Wounds: Mediation as a Tool for Healing
Wednesday, December 05, 2018 ACR-GNY Holiday Party 2018
Thursday, November 01, 2018 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Repairing Relationships, Strengthening City Government: Dispute Resolution in NYC Government
Thursday, October 04, 2018 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Dispute Resolution for Blockchain and Smart Contracts
Thursday, September 06, 2018 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Towards Reconciliation in the West Bank Using Photography
Thursday, August 02, 2018 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Roots of Diversity in the ADR Field
Thursday, June 07, 2018 ROOM CHANGE! Microaggressions: Applications to Mediation
Tuesday, June 05, 2018 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2018
Thursday, May 03, 2018 Workplace Gender Dynamics
Thursday, April 05, 2018 Dissonance in Mediation
Thursday, March 01, 2018 THE BIGGER TABLE: Mediating and Facilitating Multi-Party Disputes
Thursday, January 25, 2018 Transform Conflict with Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Thursday, December 07, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Rikers Island Training: Think Like a Mediator
Wednesday, December 06, 2017 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting/Holiday Party/Board Elections
Thursday, November 02, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Facilitating Difficult Conversations about Race and Racism
Thursday, October 05, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Fairness and Bias: Mitigating Implicit Bias in Mediation
Thursday, September 07, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Negotiating Past Stereotypes
Thursday, August 03, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Providing ADR Services to FEMA'S Disaster Employees
Thursday, July 06, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST:Internet Marketing for Word-of-Mouth Referrals
Thursday, June 15, 2017 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2017
Thursday, June 01, 2017 ROUNDTABLE BREAKFAST: Rainbow in the Cloud: Revealing the Invisible through a Relational Orientation to Conflict
Monday, May 08, 2017 The Forgiveness Project: a Conversation
Thursday, March 02, 2017 MEDIATION SANS VALUES: Mediation in Autocratic and Feudal Cultures
Thursday, February 02, 2017 PEACEMAKING IN THE COMMUNITY
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 Conference Planning Meeting
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 ACR-GNY Holiday Party and Annual Meeting 2016
Thursday, December 01, 2016 MEDIATION ON THE BEAT: Embedding Mediation Skills in the NYPD
Thursday, November 03, 2016 Roundtable Talk with UN Assistant Secretary General Barkat
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 “Accountability” in Restorative Justice: What Does it Mean?
Thursday, October 06, 2016 MEDIATING IN INDIA
Thursday, September 08, 2016 Arbitration and Mediator Ethics: What you have a right to do and what is right to do.
Thursday, August 04, 2016 Violence Prevention Project: A Behavioral and Cognitive Viewpoint
Thursday, June 16, 2016 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2016
Thursday, June 02, 2016 NYC Muslim Communities: Building Civic Engagement and Restoring Trust in Government
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 How Mediators Can Use Their Skills to Help Family-Owned Businesses
Thursday, May 05, 2016 ISRAEL:ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY AND PEACE: A Land of Milk and Honey?
Thursday, April 07, 2016 WORDS CAN BE WINDOWS OR WALLS
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 Helping Clients Forgive: The Ultimate Tool of Conflict Resolution
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 Mediation: It's All in the Timing
Thursday, January 07, 2016 ADR'S ROLE IN FIGHTING OPPRESSION
Thursday, December 03, 2015 Race Matters in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Transformative Practices
Thursday, November 05, 2015 Facilitation of the New York City Stop and Frisk Joint Remedial Process: Progress and Dialogue
Thursday, October 01, 2015 Unbearable Lightness of European Mediation: From old Greek Legends to Winnie-the-Pooh
Thursday, September 10, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Building Rapport, Building Peace
Thursday, August 06, 2015 Mindfulness Stress Reduction and Heartmath for Conflict Resolvers
Thursday, July 09, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - The Use of Consensus Building Processes in Public Policy Disputes
Thursday, June 18, 2015 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2015
Thursday, June 04, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast (Rescheduled) -The Master Practitioner and Leonardo Da Vinci Meta-Cognition, Creativity and Neuroscience
Thursday, May 07, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Community Engagement: Urban Complexities, Race and Police Community Relations,
Thursday, April 09, 2015 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation by Kay Pranis - Co-sponsored by John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Thursday, April 02, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediating Gentrification: Creating Unity out of Divisiveness in one Community
Thursday, February 05, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast - Dismantling Religious Violence through Peacemakers
Thursday, January 15, 2015 Roundtable Breakfast -NYPD Hostage Negotiations
Monday, December 15, 2014 ACR-GNY Holiday Party
Thursday, December 04, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Debunking ADR Myths
Thursday, November 06, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - A Conversation with Wendy Kamenshine, Ombudsman forConsumer Financial Protection Bureau
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 From Volunteer to Career: How to use your volunteer mediation experience to build a career in ADR
Friday, October 10, 2014 International Arbitration Institute
Thursday, October 02, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Making Conflict Work: Harnessing the Power of Disagreement
Thursday, September 04, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Restoration, Reconciliation and Healing: Is There Room for Them in America's Criminal Justice System?
Thursday, August 07, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Transforming Conflict from Within: Learning to Lead with Wisdom
Thursday, July 10, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution
Thursday, June 19, 2014 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2014
Thursday, June 05, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Innovative Community-Based Responses to Conflict
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation by Jeffrey Zaino, VP of the AAA
Thursday, May 01, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Stories Mediators Tell
Thursday, April 03, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Disaster Mediation: Storm Sandy Insurance Claim Dispute Resolution Mediation
Thursday, March 06, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Cross Cultural Issues in International Mediation
Thursday, February 06, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast -Dealing with Differences
Thursday, January 09, 2014 Roundtable Breakfast - Compassionate Communication
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 Holiday Cocktail & Networking Party for Members
Thursday, December 05, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Urban Peacemaking: The Red Hook Community Justice Experience in Brooklyn
Thursday, November 07, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Envisioning Alternatives through Peacebuilding and the Arts
Monday, October 21, 2013 ACR-GNY Conference Planning Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 03, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Loosening Our Attachment to Possessions
Thursday, September 12, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Collaborative Agreements in Police-Community Conflicts
Thursday, August 01, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Creating Collaboration in the Work Place
Thursday, July 11, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Death, Dying and Conflict Resolution
Thursday, June 20, 2013 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2013
Thursday, June 06, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Peacemaking After Deadly Conflict
Thursday, May 16, 2013 Hands-on Blogging Workshop
Thursday, May 02, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediator Ethics: 'no view from nowhere'?
Thursday, April 25, 2013 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thursday, April 04, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - IDENTIFYING GOOD AND BAD MEDIATION PRACTICE
Thursday, March 07, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - RESPONDING TO THE MEDIA WHEN CONFIDENTIALITY IS AT STAKE
Thursday, February 21, 2013 Join ACR-GNY's Youth & Diversity Committee at Columbia's Annual Conflict Resolution Internship Fair
Thursday, February 07, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - UNDERSTANDING-BASED MODEL OF MEDIATION
Sunday, February 03, 2013 Bringing the NYC Dispute Resolution community together in the aftermath of the Newtown Tragedy: An Open Space Forum
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 Class Arbitration
Thursday, January 03, 2013 Roundtable Breakfast - OPERATION RESPECT
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 Holiday Cocktail & Networking Party for Members
Thursday, December 06, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - THE TRANSFORMING CONFLICT LAB
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Youth and the Criminal Justice System
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Mediation Settlement Day
Thursday, October 04, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - WHAT SHAMAN CAN TEACH US ABOUT MEDIATING
Thursday, September 06, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Lessons Learned in Construction Conflict Resolution: Their Application in the Broader ADR Field
Thursday, August 02, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediation When Mental Illness Is a Factor
Thursday, July 05, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Turkey: Failed in VOM; Headed for Paradise in Civil Mediation?
Thursday, June 21, 2012 ACR-GNY Annual Conference 2012
Thursday, June 07, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - BURUNDI: Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities
Thursday, May 03, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - Using Theater to Transform Conflict and Create Social Change
Wednesday, May 02, 2012 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thursday, April 05, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - KAVI: KINGS AGAINST VIOLENCE INITIATIVE
Thursday, March 01, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE A PROBLEM?
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Nuts & Bolts of Building a Practice in Arbitration, as an Ombuds, in Elder Mediation & with Youth
Thursday, January 05, 2012 Roundtable Breakfast - MEDIATORS BEYOND BORDERS INTERNATIONAL
Thursday, December 08, 2011 Holiday Cocktail & Networking Party for Members
Thursday, December 01, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - OCCUPY WALL STREET and the DISPUTE RESOLUTION COMMUNITY
Thursday, November 03, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - TRIBAL CONFLICT AND MASTERY
Thursday, October 06, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - AMEENA MATTHEWS from The Interrupters
Thursday, September 08, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - CHANGE IN PROGRAM
Thursday, August 04, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediation through the Eyes of New York Litigators
Thursday, July 07, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - How Our Values Shape Our Practice
Thursday, June 23, 2011 ACR-GNY Annual Conference
Thursday, June 02, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - The Five Percent
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thursday, May 05, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Strategic Drafting of Mediation Forms
Monday, April 11, 2011 Member Monday Presentation: "The Art of Perception"
Friday, April 08, 2011 ACR-GNY and Safe Horizon Mediation Program Screening: "Fairly Legal": Fair to Mediation?
Thursday, April 07, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Effective Ways to Deal with Stress
Thursday, April 07, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Top Ten Challenges for a Corporate Ombudsman
Monday, March 21, 2011 Member Monday: Members-Only Cocktails & Networking Party
Thursday, March 03, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Anger Management and Mediation
Monday, February 28, 2011 Med-Arb Is Here to Stay: Why Not Learn About It?
Thursday, February 03, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - TOWARDS A MORE PERFECT UNION
Thursday, January 20, 2011 Increasing Public Awareness of Mediation
Thursday, January 06, 2011 Roundtable Breakfast - Conflict Resolution within a Chaotic Reality
Thursday, December 02, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Understanding and Addressing Humiliation
Thursday, November 04, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - The Colors of War
Thursday, October 14, 2010 Fall Networking & Noshing
Thursday, October 07, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - What Can We Do, in a Polarized World, to Restore Civil Dialogue?
Thursday, September 02, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Using Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) as a Tool in Mediation
Thursday, August 05, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - How to Succeed in Your Mediation Practice
Thursday, July 01, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediation Potential in Racially Charged Police Community Relations
Thursday, June 24, 2010 ACR-GNY Annual Conference
Thursday, June 03, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Interfaith Initiative: Community of Living Traditions
Thursday, May 06, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - SEEDS OF PEACE
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 ACR-GNY Annual Meeting with Special Presentation
Thursday, April 01, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - ADR in the Ismaili Muslim Community
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 Emerging Role of the Corporate, Organizational & Transnational* Ombuds
Thursday, March 04, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Mediating With People with Disabilities
Thursday, February 04, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Alternatives to Violence Project
Thursday, January 07, 2010 Roundtable Breakfast - Conflict Resolution Programs in Schools
Tuesday, December 08, 2009 Roundtable Breakfast - The Importance of Forgiveness in our Individual and Collective Lives
Thursday, November 05, 2009 Roundtable Breakfast - A Roadmap for Mediation in Turkey
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