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Pamela Steiner (Ed.D., Senior Fellow, FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University)
Dr. Pamela Steiner, a Senior Fellow at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, is a practitioner whose research is dedicated to promoting reconciliation between opposing sides in conflict situations. At the invitation of Professor Taner Akçam, she discussed her timely new book, released in the aftermath of the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, as well as President Biden’s April 2021 statement acknowledging the Armenian Genocide. Steiner argues that a major obstacle to building a stable future in the region is the collective historical trauma that remains unresolved among Armenians, Turks, and Azerbaijanis. A peaceful outcome to the entrenched ethno-political tensions requires cooperation by people of conflicting sides, despite ongoing sensitivities and difficulties. Drawing on practices from her work in psychotherapy, she promotes conflict resolution based on historical analysis and psychological research.