Merle Lefkoff

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Merle Lefkoff, (Ph.D., Emory University) (President, Ars Publca), is an educator and political scientist focusing on the transformation of diplomacy and international conflicts.
Merle recently held an appointment as Guest Scientist and Affiliate at the Center for Nonlinear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, investigating the application of Complexity science to peaceful coexistence among diverse identity groups.
After finishing her graduate work she was detailed to The White House Office of Public Liaison under President Carter. She has led Track Two diplomatic negotiations in Central America, Northern Ireland, and the Middle East, and more recently on nuclear disarmorment and nuclear non-proliferation  She is a former Advisor to the Kellogg National Leadership Program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and presents training workshops in complexity thinking for social change. She has been a member of two committees of the National Academy of Sciences. She is a Lindisfane Fellow and member of the Board of the Upaya Zen Center, where she teaches in the Buddhist Chaplaincy certification program.