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Founded in 1982, Search for Common Ground works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving. We use a multi-faceted approach, employing media initiatives and working with local partners in government and civil society, to find culturally appropriate means to strengthen societies' capacity to deal with conflicts constructively: to understand the differences and act on the commonalities.

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Common Ground News Service - On Muslim-Western Relations

Senior Vice President of Search for Common Ground Susan Collin Marks reflects on the legacy of Nelson Mandela and what world leaders can learn from him.

As violence and destruction plague our communities, technology provides us a with an unprecedented chance to band together across continents and end violent conflict. Jessica Murrey, Communications Manager at Search for Common Ground explains how one online pledge could do just that.

It’s been almost 3 years since the energy of youth during the Arab Spring has taken a backseat to the hard work of creating new democracies. Stories of hope have been replaced by stories of conflict and frustration. Aisha Habli, a young Lebanese peace activist and communications specialist reaches out to her peers to explore whether the region’s youth have stepped back from the frontlines of change.

After last month’s attacks on a shopping mall in Nairobi and a church in Peshawar, many point to Islam as the reason behind the violence. But former Pakistani Ambassador to the UK Akbar Ahmed provides an alternative understanding of the attacks, and explains why mistaking the cause could be a missed opportunity to stop such acts in future."

As talks begin this week on Iran’s nuclear programme, Jewish-American community leader Michael Felsen explains why there is no better time than now to return Iran’s recent Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) greetings with wishes for a blessed Eid Al-Adha.