Aldo Civico, Ph.D.

Aldo Civico, Ph.D., is an anthropologist, conflict resolution expert and mediator. He is an anthropology professor at Rutgers University in Newark and a conflict resolution lecturer at Columbia University. At Rutgers University he founded The International Institute for Peace.

For the past 20-plus years, Aldo has been involved in challenging conflict resolution work in troubled areas around the world, from Colombia to Mexico, from Haiti to the Western Balkans, from Syria to troubled urban areas in the United States. He has designed and facilitated numerous trainings and workshops for communities affected by violence and for organization facing conflict or difficult transitions. Between 2007 and 2010, he was the director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University. In the 1990s, he served as a senior adviser to the anti-mafia mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando. Because of his long and broad international experience, Senator George Mitchell, the top mediator who brought peace to Northern Ireland, defined Aldo as, "one of the most innovative leaders in the field of conflict resolution."

Since 2001, Aldo has been involved in conflict resolution in Colombia. From 2005 to 2007, he facilitated cease-fire talks between the Government of Colombia and armed insurgent groups. He has provided advice in conflict resolution and peace building to multi-lateral organizations, national and local governments, NGOs as well as communities and businesses. For the past several years he has been an informal adviser to the U.S. State Department on the Colombian peace process.

More recently Aldo has founded the company Accordo Consulting, which provides advice, facilitation, training and coaching in leadership, effective communication and conflict resolution to professionals and celebrities as well as to organizations in the private and public sector.

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How can you deal with tough problems or conflicts in your life in a more productive way? How can you improve the quality of your relationships and of your communication? How can you better manage emotions that sometimes hijack your life? How can you improve the performance at work and in your personal life? In this blog, mediator and conflict resolution expert Aldo Civico will help you to model the emotional intelligence and conflict resolution skills used by top mediators to transform and resolve the most difficult and seemingly intractable conflicts.