Dr. Merle Lefkoff
Dr. Merle Lefkoff has spent decades on the front lines as an international mediator in conflict zones all over the globe. She received a research grant to investigate the new field of Complexity Science and its application to global peace building at the Center for Non-Linear Studies at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she worked with computer scientists, physicists and mathematicians exploring in computer simulation the natural laws that govern collective human behavior. After this study, Dr. Lefkoff founded the Center for Emergent Diplomacy in Santa Fe, NM. Casting aside the worn-out conflict resolution and mediation models that have proved inadequate to address the complexities of the 21st century, the Center now applies her research to building and facilitating a network of change agents around the world who use Complexity Science to address dysfunctional global paradigms. Dr. Lefkoff holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.