Senior Advisor, Preventive Diplomacy

Gabrielle Rifkind is a senior advisor to the Strategic Peacebuilding Programme (formerly Middle East Programme), which she founded in 2002 and directed until 2015. She is the Director of Oxford Process, an independent preventive diplomacy initiative pioneered through her dialogue work with Oxford Research Group (ORG). She is a group analyst and specialist in conflict resolution. Gabrielle combines in-depth political and psychological expertise with many years’ experience in promoting serious analysis and dialogue. Her focus areas of work for ORG were Iran and the Palestine-Israel conflict. Committed to trying to understand the mindset of the region, she has both facilitated meetings with and spent time talking to the leadership in Syria, Iran, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and ‘Western’ states.She is now working on conflict issues nearer to home which need to remain confidential.

Gabrielle is an author and frequent contributor to the media, with over fifty publications . She is the author of three books: “The Psychology of Political Extremism” (Random House 2018); “The Fog of Peace: The Human Face of Conflict Resolution” (I.B. Tauris 2014), co-authored with the former senior UN diplomat Giandomenico Picco; and “Making Terrorism History” (Routledge 2005), co-authored with Scilla Elworthy.

Gabrielle has written for various newspapers, online publications and academic journals, including; The Guardian, The Times, Prospect, The Independent , Open Democracy and the New England Journal of Public Policy.  She has been the conflict mediator for four series of BBC Radio 4’s “Across the Red Line”, twice debated at the Oxford Union and regularly gives public lectures.

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