The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1992 by Ambassador John W. McDonald and Dr. Louise Diamond. The mission of IMTD is to promote a systems-based approach to peacebuilding and to facilitate the transformation of deep-rooted social conflict through education, conflict resolution training and communication. Read more...

IMTD Urges Protection for Left-Behind Parents

senate-kingProgram Officers Adriana, Benjamin, Carolina, Clara, and Jonathan accompanied Adam to meet with Bralyn Cathey, a Navy Legislative Fellow with the Office of Senator Angus King (I-ME) on 3 June 2014. In this session, we emphasized the impact of the proposed "Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2014" (S.2509) on Left-Behind parents in the United States.

Mediation Processes in Syria: Remarks at the UPF Conference

IMTD associate Noa Zanolli gave remarks at the UPF "Geneva: Track II" Conference "Toward Peace and Reconciliation in Syria: The Significance of Religion, Faith-Based Organizations and Civicl Society" in Geneva, Switzerland. Read her talk, entitled "The Potential of Mediation in Support of the Peace and Democratization Process in Syria."

Visit to Tibilisi and IMTD-Georgia

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From September 21 to October 2, 2013, John W. McDonald, Ambassador (ret.), made his 4th visit to the Republic of Georgia, this one arranged by the new IMTD-Georgia office, to be officially launched during Ambassador McDonald's visit. Read more about IMTD's past and present work in Georgia here.

International Day of Peace 2013

Ambassador McDonald on International Peace Day 2013

In November 1981 Ambassador McDonald wrote a resolution which was presented by the Ambassador from Costa Rica to the UN General Assembly in November 1981 creating the International Day of Peace. With support from other world leaders, it was adopted unanimously and came into force in 1982. 

This year, Ambassador McDonald spoke at the steps of the Capitol and received an award for his efforts and continued work on the goal of international peace.

UN Draft Resolution on Intra-State Conflict

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IMTD and Ambassador McDonald have been following the problem of genocide for several years. We and the world have been shocked at the failure of governments to take action to stop the genocide. In Rwanda (1994) and in Sudan (early 2000s).

Ambassador McDonald learned first hand from four people born in Darfur in 2003 about the genocide that occurred there. But, we had no impact on the resolution of the conflict.

In a new effort to try to change international law, IMTD has drafted a protocol (amendment) to the International Treaty on Genocide which has been adopted by 144 nations.

World Toilet Day - November 19

Jack Sim from Singapore launched his idea in 2001 calling for World Toilet Day. He held annual conferences in various countries around the world, but was never able to get global attention paid to this essential human issue. Ambassador McDonald spoke at his global meeting in the United States in Philadelphia five years ago and, in a private meeting with Jack, urged him to take it to the United Nations as an idea.

S-CAR Convocation at George Mason University

Susan Shearhouse and Louise Diamond

The George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution held its convocation ceremony to celebrate the graduation of students. IMTD Board member Susan Shearhouse was honored as Alumni of the Year and spoke with Dr. Louise Diamond who co-founded IMTD in 1992. Dr. Diamond was S-CAR's graduation keynote speaker.