Aldo Civico
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Aldo Civico is a mediator and anthropologist and the founder of the International Institute for Peace at Rutgers University. Previously, he was the director of the Center for International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University. Sen. George Mitchell has called Aldo, “one of the most innovative leaders in the field of conflict resolution.” He helps organizations and high-potential individuals to achieve desired results and to maximize performance by developing the skills that top mediators use to turn around complex situations and to resolve tough problems.
Aldo has been on the front line of conflict resolution and training. For the past almost 15 years, he has conducted challenging fieldwork in Colombia among members of paramilitary death quads, guerrillas, and youth gangs. From 2005 to 2007, he was one of the facilitators of the cease fire talks between the government of Colombia and the guerrilla of the National Liberation Army. In the 1990s, he was a strategic communication adviser to the anti-mafia Mayor of Palermo, Leoluca Orlando. Before coming to the United States in 2000, he worked as a freelance journalist and author of numerous TV documentaries for media in Germany, Switzerland and Italy.
Over the years, he has advised celebrities like pop star Juanes in his philanthropic projects and campaigns such as the Peace Without Borders concerts in Cuba and at the border between Colombia and Venezuela.
In addition to being a blogger for the U.S. and the Italian edition of The Huffington Post, he is a columnist for the Colombian newspaper El Espectador.

Follow me on Twitter: @acivico

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Trenitalia, metafora italiana

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 4:13 AM

Giovedì scorso, per raggiungere Bologna da Trento in treno, grazie a Trenitalia, ho dovuto fare il giro dell'oca. Avevo fissato un pranzo per le 13:30 a Bologna, e l'unico treno diretto che mi avrebbe portato in tempo per l'appuntamento era un Eurostar che partiva alle 7:30 del mattino da Trento....

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Mindful Listening to Enhance Leadership Performance

(1) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 11:57 AM

I am often asked this question: how come that guerrilla fighters, paramilitary leaders and gang members sit down with you and confess to you? More often than not, I respond with a smile and a gentle shrug of the shoulders, but over the past few weeks, as I was designing...

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5 Steps to Turn 2014 Resolutions into Results

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 11:57 AM

"So, did you make any New Year's resolutions?" Caitlin asked on New Year's Eve as we were getting the Champagne out of the refrigerator. We all have dedicated some time wondering about what we would like to see happening in our live this year. The list might include the weight...

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Justin Bieber Sparks a Graffiti Revolution in Colombia

(15) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 7:20 PM

Ten days ago, when he sneaked out from his hotel to do some graffiti on a 40 meters long gray wall of 26th Street in Bogota, Colombia, Justin Bieber most probably didn't imagine he would stir a heated debate and provoke a chain reaction, which ended up legitimizing...

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Continuando a giocare sulla pelle del popolo siriano

(19) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Da due settimane mi trovo in una località al confine tra la Turchia e la Siria. Per raggiungere il luogo dove svolgo un seminario in risoluzione dei conflitti per leader civili della resistenza contro il regime di Assad, la macchina passa vicino a un campo profughi siriano, un grande ricettacolo...

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Dirty Wars, The Documentary: Notes in the Margins

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2013 | 10:37 AM

Saturday night, I went to see Dirty Wars, a documentary film about the U.S. covert operations against al Qaeda and its affiliates, written and produced by investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, the national security correspondent for The Nation.

The film chronicles the reporting of Scahill...

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Ignazio Marino mi ricorda Howard Dean

(7) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 1:00 AM

Ignazio Marino mi ricorda Howard Dean, il leader politico che ha rivoluzionato il Partito democratico negli Stati Uniti. E non solo perché entrambi hanno esercitato la professione medica.

"Voglio indietro il mio paese!" aveva gridato Howard Dean ad una folla di democratici in un giorno di marzo del 2003. Fu...

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La lettera di Davide, gay a 17 anni

(24) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 5:11 AM

Coraggiosa schietta e bella, oltre che drammatica, la lettera che Davide, gay a 17 anni, ha scritto su Repubblica qualche giorno fa. Davide ha affermato un diritto inalienabile: anch'io ho il diritto di esistere e di amare. Nessuno, men che meno lo Stato, può negare o restringere questo...

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I droni assassini e le guerre segrete del presidente Obama

(39) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 6:27 AM

Durante la loro conversazione telefonica di qualche giorno fa, il presidente Obama ed il premier Letta hanno parlato del ruolo che il nostro paese potrebbe giocare (o giocherà) come base di lancio per i droni americani nella lotta contro al Qaeda? Me lo sono chiesto mentre ieri pomeriggio ascoltavo il...

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Il parricidio di Prodi è anche il suicidio del Pd?

(75) Comments | Posted May 20, 2013 | 5:55 AM

Venerdì scorso, 17 maggio, ero di passaggio a Bologna, e sono andato a prendere un caffè a casa di Romano Prodi. Con l'occasione, gli ho chiesto se c'era del vero dietro alle chiacchiere sempre più insistenti circa la sua intenzione di abbandonare il Pd.

"È solo un gossip o davvero...

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Our Own Child Soldiers

(8) Comments | Posted March 29, 2011 | 7:25 PM

What if we look at the life of gang members through the experience of child soldiers in Africa? Is the experience of children manipulated and dragged into war in Uganda all that different from the one of teenagers recruited by gangs in our own cities? Are the fears and the...

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The King is Naked! In defense of Michele Santoro.

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 10:56 AM

There is no democracy, unless there is dissent and that dissent can be overtly expressed. It obfuscates one's mind to see how heads of states, democratically elected, are trying to curb voices of opposition. Increasingly, there is a clear effort to silence those voices, which from the kernel of a...

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Colombia: Strategy of Tension?

(0) Comments | Posted August 15, 2010 | 11:31 AM

On a hot afternoon of July 19, 1992, Ennio Pintacuda, a Jesuit and a pioneer of the anti-mafia social movement of Palermo in Sicily, picked me up with his armored car and two bodyguards. We were scheduled to work on his memoires. On our way to...

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Washington and the Colombian Elections

(8) Comments | Posted May 30, 2010 | 2:33 PM

There is an anecdote circulating in Washington. It is about a meeting between the Colombian foreign minister Bermudez and the president of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, senator John Kerry. It was the dawn of the Obama administration. It was a rough meeting. Senator Kerry made clear to Bermudez that...

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Colombia: and the Winner Is, Antanas Mockus

(22) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 3:13 PM

Over the past ten days, strolling along 7th street, a large, noisy and polluted avenue crossing Bogota from south to north, I was amazed to see the windows of apartments overspread with signboards of Antanas Mockus, the presidential candidate of the Green Party. It's the Colombian version of...

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Arizona: the Other as Enemy

(20) Comments | Posted May 2, 2010 | 10:06 PM

On the day the governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, signed an outrageous immigration law, I was at the JFK airport in New York about to embark on a one-month long trip to Colombia, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, and Spain. At the check-in, handing over my papers to the airline...

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Colombia: What's on the Mind of the FARC?

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2010 | 11:53 AM

Wednesday night I took a short stroll along the bustling streets of downtown Bogota and when I passed the building where senator Piedad Cordoba lives, I looked up at her penthouse apartment and observed the lights were off. The leader of a social movement favoring a peace process...

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Human Rights in Colombia: Rep. Jim McGovern (D)

(2) Comments | Posted February 1, 2010 | 3:50 PM

A few days ago, I sat down with representative Jim McGovern, a democrat from the third district of Massachusetts. This time the opportunity was an interview for the Colombian daily newspaper El Espectador. We had crossed path before to talk about the slim chances for a peace process in Colombia,...

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Colombia: In Memoriam of Luis Carlos Galan

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2009 | 1:23 PM

When Jose Saramago wrote that a benevolent Tsunami swept Barack Obama into the White House allowing him to become the first black president of the United States, the Portuguese author defined the wave of change that brushed the entire country from west to east. During the Bush-Cheney era, thick...

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Colombia: The Calamity of Displaced People

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2009 | 2:22 PM

On Sunday I visited the Tercer Milenio Park, the area only a few blocks away from the President's palace that internally displaced people occupied in protest in Bogota. Since mid-March, about 2,000 people (one third minors) live here in fragile huts made of nylon and pieces of wood. By...

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