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Brian Polkinghorn

Brian Polkinghorn


  • Syracuse University, PhD, Social Science Conflict Resolution Public Affairs, 1994

Areas of Expertise

  • Cross Border Cooperation


Brian is a Distinguished Professor of Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution.

Brian has been the recipient of several university, regional, and national awards and honors. The most meaningful is the SU Foundation Alumni Faculty Award bestowed on faculty by former students. He has also been the recipient of the President's Service Award and the President's Faculty Diversity Award. Brian is a two time recipient of the University System of Maryland's (USM) Wilson Elkins Endowed Professorship as well as the USM Board of Regent's Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service. Brian received a Maryland Governor's Citation along with several Senate and House Resolutions as well as the Certificate of Special US Congressional Recognition for the impact his work has had on a range of national and international affairs. He has also been a two time Senior American Fulbright Scholar and a United States Fulbright Alumni Ambassador (Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affair, US Department of State).

Earlier in his career Brian received several citations for his contributions to the legal community for eight years service as co-Chairman of the Florida Bar Grievance Mediation Committee. He was also a two time recipient of the US Environmental Protection Agency's NEMPS Fellowship, a United States Presidential Fellow, and a Fellow with the Program on Negotiation, Harvard University Law School. Brian was the President of the Institute for Multitrack Diplomacy for ten years.

Currently, he is a Fellow of the Institute for Strategic Risk Management (London), and, with along with Dr. Brittany Foutz, is Co-Director General Secretariat of the United Nations University Regional Center of Expertise ("UNU-RCE Salisbury USA"), a co-lead researcher in partnership with the US Department of State, Diplomacy Lab. Brian is the Executive Director of the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution.