Tatsushi Arai, PhD

Dr Tatsushi Arai is a peace researcher and conflict resolution practitioner with more than 20 years of international experience. He is an associate professor at Kent State University’s School of Peace and Conflict Studies in Ohio. Previously, he taught international relations at the National University of Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide, and peacebuilding at School for International Training. Dr Arai has worked extensively as a United Nations adviser/consultant; independent mediator; designer of peacebuilding initiatives; and conflict resolution trainer across Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East, as well as in the United States. His latest activities include training Syrian and Lebanese government and civil society professionals in mediation skills; working with Nigerian government agencies and traditional leaders to establish a sustainable platform of reintegration and reconciliation support for rehabilitated former Boko Haram members; providing an advisory role in Rwandan initiatives for community-based healing; empowering Burmese civil society actors to rebuild relationships between Buddhist and Muslim communities in western Myanmar;and carrying out problem-solving workshops on the Taiwan Strait and on East Asia’s reconciliation challenges. Dr Arai holds a PhD in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University in Virginia and is the author of many publications including Creativity and Conflict Resolution: Alternative Pathways to Peace (Routledge). He is a Japanese citizen and currently lives with his tri-national family in northeastern Ohio. For more information about Dr Arai’s publications and peacebuilding initiatives, please visit: https://works.bepress.com/tatsushi_arai/


  • PhD, George Mason University
  • MA, Monterey Institute of International Studies
  • BA, Waseda University
Tatsushi Arai, PhD