Kelmaninstitute / IICP

The Art of Peace

Since February 2009 I am in the board of directors of the NGO Organization Kelmaninstitute (former Institute for Integrative Conflict Transformation and Peace building) and report in this function to ambassador Dr. Wolfgang Petritsch.


On December 19, 2011, the Vienna-based Institute for Integrative Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding was officially renamed the Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation and Professor Kelman was elected as its Honorary President. Herbert Kelman is the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics, Emeritus, at Harvard University and directed (1993-2003) the Program for International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.


The Institute for Integrative Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding is an independent non-partisan, nongovernmental organisation registered in Austria. The IICP is engaged in international and intra-societal conflict transformation and peacebuilding in the public and private sector, especially in the field of development cooperation. It acknowledges the need to transform conflicts: at all levels (micro-, meso-, macro- level), during all phases (before, during and after violence), and at all degrees of escalation with manifold methods (actor-oriented, structure-oriented and culture-oriented methods). The Institute is applying an integrative approach. It emphasises the interdependence of conflict transformation, peacebuilding, reconciliation, empowerment for social change and intercultural dialogue. It supports the involvement and strengthening of women's role in conflict transformation in all its activities. The approach is based on trans-disciplinary research, drawing insight from international conflict and peace research, critical systems theory, cultural studies, political psychology and group psychotherapy. The constant development and refinement of this integrative theory and praxis is based on dialogue and cooperation with internationally renowned institutions, university centres, networks, theoreticians, practitioners and activists.