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Vamik D. Volkan’s new book “Enemies on the Couch: A Psychopolitical Journey Through War and Peace” will be released later this year.

Book Description: “For more than thirty years, renowned psychoanalyst Vamik D. Volkan has applied the theories of his profession to societies in conflict, venturing into cauldrons of unrest as observer, mediator, and practitioner. In this volume, he shares his experiences facilitating dialogue between opposing enemy groups, in numerous contexts and conflict zones, and presents the pioneering theoretical and practical frameworks he developed. In the process, he provides a unique window onto watershed moments of the recent past—from major historical events, such as the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall, to the tragedy of September 11, 2001, and continued violence in the Middle East. The findings and observations presented in this volume provide not only a new way of looking at recent historical events, but also offer a novel set of tools for understanding and shaping the present and future.”

From the author: “This book is very different from my other books, since it is about my journey into political psychology. I speak about people and events of the last 35 years at various places of the world and, the same time, illustrate, in layman terms, various new concepts about large-group psychology, international conflicts, massive traumas, transgenerational transmissions, leader-followers relationships, unofficial diplomacy, refugees, and terrorism.”

Vamik D. Volkan, M.D., is an emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Virginia and author of numerous books. He is widely considered to be the world’s foremost expert on the psychology of war-torn societies. He is the Senior Erik Erikson Scholar, Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, MA.; Training and Supervising Analyst Emeritus, Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, Washington, DC.; and Doctor of Medical Science Honoris Causa, Kuopio University, Finland and Ankara University, Turkey. He is also the co-chair of the International Dialogue Initiative.

Dr. Volkan was a keynote speaker at the 2004 Human Security Conference sponsored by Truman School of Public Affairs, the Center for the Study of Organizational Change, and the University of Missouri.

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