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Vamik Volkan

 Vamik Volkan

Vamik D. Volkan, M.D., is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia; an emeritus training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Washington, D.C.; and the Senior Erik Erikson Scholar at the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He served as the Medical Director of the University of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Hospital and the director of the University of Virginia’s Center for the Study of Mind and Human Interaction. He is a past president of the International Society of Political Psychology, the Virginia Psychoanalytic Society, the Turkish-American Neuropsychiatric Association, and the American College of Psychoanalysts. He holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from Kuopio University, Finland (now called University of Eastern Finland); from Ankara University, Turkey; and from Eastern Psychoanalytical University, St. Petersburg, Russia. He served as a member of the Carter Center’s International Negotiation Network, headed by former president Jimmy Carter. He was a Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts, and a Visiting Professor of Political Science, the University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria and BahceÈ™ehir University, Istanbul, Turkey. He chaired the Select Advisory Commission to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 1996 Critical Incident Response Group; was a Temporary Consultant to the World Health Organization in Albania and Macedonia; and a Fulbright Scholar in Austria. He has received many national or international awards including the Sigmund Freud Award given by the city of Vienna in collaboration with the World Council of Psychotherapy. He has been nominated in 2004-2006 and in 2014 for the Nobel Peace Prize for examining conflicts between opposing large groups, carrying out projects in various troubled spots in the world,, and developing psychopolitical theories. Letters of support were sent from 27 countries. At present he is the president of International Dialogue Initiative, a nonprofit organization that brings together unofficial representatives from various parts of the world, such as Israel, Iran, Turkey, West Bank,  Russia, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States, to examine world affairs from a psychopolitical angle. www.internationaldialogueinitiative.com He is the author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of dozens of books and has served on the editorial boards of sixteen national or international professional journals. He lectures internationally.

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Killing in the Name of Identity

Vamik Volkan

Killing in the Name of Identity“Why do they hate us so?” Vamik Volkan (Nobel Peace Prize nominee and internationally renowned political psychologist) explores the we-they riddle and the relationship between large-group identities and conflict, trauma and its aftermath. Read More ››



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