Alan Tidwell

Alan Tidwell
Professor in the Practice
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Professor in the Practice

Director of Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies

Professor Alan Tidwell is director of the Center for Australian, New Zealand and Pacific Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.  Prior to joining Georgetown University he was a program officer with the United States Institute of Peace, where he specialized in conflict resolution and capacity building in Southeast Asia.  His work focused particularly on the peace processes in Mindanao and Aceh.  Tidwell collaborated with scholars from these conflict-affected regions to develop conflict resolution curriculum and programs.  In 1992 Tidwell, a Washington, D.C. native, moved to Sydney, Australia where he was a lecturer in the Centre for Conflict Resolution at Macquarie University.  Later, he moved to Sydney University where he became the research director of the Australian Centre for American Studies.  At Sydney University Tidwell focused on enhancing the Australian American relationship through research and public education.   He returned to Macquarie University as a senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Management, specializing in conflict resolution and negotiation.  He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Kent, a Masters degree in professional ethics from the University of New South Wales, and a Masters degree in conflict management from George Mason University.

Areas of Expertise: Australia, New Zealand, conflict resolution, extractive industries, indigenous people

  • Certificate (2012) University of British Columbia, Mining Studies
  • Certificate (2012) Georgetown University, Non-Profit Management
  • Master of Professional Ethics (2000) University of New South Wales, Professional Ethics
  • Ph.D. (1990) University of Kent at Canterbury, International relations
  • M.S. (1986) George Mason University, Conflict Resolution
  • B.A. (1982) George Mason University, Communication



Tidwell, Alan, Conflict Resolved?, Pinter Publishers, London, 1998.

Edited Books

Tidwell, Alan and Barry Zellen, Land, Indigenous People and Conflict, Routledge, London, 2015
Corbitt, Brian, Elaine Lawrence, and Alan Tidwell, Internet Commerce: Digital Models for Business, Jacaranda Wiley, Brisbane, 1998.
Bell, Roger, Tim McDonald, and Alan Tidwell, Negotiating the Pacific Century, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1996.

Journal Articles

Tidwell, Alan, “The Role Of Australian ‘Diplomatic Lobbying’ in Shaping the Australian-US Relationship,” Australian Journal of International Affairs, 2016
Pollmann, Mina and Alan Tidwell, “Australia’s Submarine Technology Cooperation with Japan as Burden-Sharing with the USA in the Asia-Pacific,” Australian Journal of International Affairs, 69(4), 2015
Tidwell, Alan and Charles Lerche, “Globalization and Conflict Resolution,” International Journal of Peace Studies, 9(1) Spring/Summer 2004, pp. 47-59.
Tidwell, Alan, “Conflict, Peace and Education – A Tangled Web,” Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 21(4), 2004.
McGraw, Peter and Alan Tidwell, “Teaching Group Process Skills to MBA Students: A Short Workshop,” Education and Training, 3(3), 2001.
Tidwell, Alan, “When Trust Fails: The Black Hawk Accident,” Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 1(1), 1999.
Tidwell, Alan,” It’s the Process that Counts: Professionalising Mediation in New South Wales,” Elaw: The Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law, 6(2), June 1999.
Tidwell, Alan, ” The Virtual Agora: Online Ethical Dialogues and Professional Communities”, First Monday, 4(7), July 5, 1999.
Tidwell, Alan, “The Emerging Profession of Mediation in Australia,” Professional Ethics, 6 (3&4) Fall/Winter 1998, pp. 185-198.
Tidwell, Alan, “Problem Solving for One,” Mediation Quarterly, 14(4), Summer 1997.
Tidwell, Alan, “Handling Disputes in Cyberspace,” Australian Dispute Resolution Journal, Volume 7, Number 3, August 1996, pp. 245-248.
Tidwell, Alan, editor, Proceedings from the Future of the Australian-American Alliance, Australian Centre for American Studies, monograph, 1995.
Tidwell, Alan, “Not Effective Communication, but Effective Persuasion,” Mediation Quarterly, Volume 12, Number 1, Fall 1994.
Tidwell, Alan & Andrew Heys, “The Ashes of Conflict Resolution,” Peace Review, December 1993.
Tidwell, Alan, “Conflict, Pragmatism, and Organisational Conflict,” Australian Dispute Resolution Journal, Volume 4, Number 1, February 1993.

Articles in Books

Rainey, Daniel, and Alan Tidwell, “Online Technology: A New Frontier for Conflict Engagement,” in Handbook of Mediation, ed. Alexia Georgakopoulos, Routledge (forthcoming).
 Aall, Pamela, Jeffrey Helsing and Alan Tidwell, “Addressing Conflict through Education,” in Peacemaking  in International Conflict, ed. William Zartman, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC, second edition, 2008.
Tidwell, Alan, “What Happens When Nationalism Fails: Anti-Americanism in the Philippines,” in Anti-Americanism, ed. Brendon O’Connor, Greenwood Press, Oxford, 2007.
Tidwell, Alan, “Problem Solving for One, a Tool for the Workplace,” in Making the Link: Affirmative Action and Industrial Relations, edited by Ed Davis and Valerie Pratt, CCH, Sydney, 2000.
Tidwell, Alan, “Consideratii asupra managementului conflictului, tehnicilor de rezolvare si factorilor sociali care le influenteaza,” [“Thoughts on Conflict Management and Resolution Skills and Influences”] Psihosociologia Rezolvarii Conflictului, Stoica-Constantin, Ana and Adrian Neculau, Iasi, Polirom, 1998.
Heys, Andrew and Alan Tidwell, “Resolving Regional Conflict,” in Negotiating the Pacific Century, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1996.
Tidwell, Alan, “The New Asia and American Policy”, in Negotiating the Pacific Century, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1996.
Tidwell, Alan, “Australian-American Relations in the Post-Cold War Era,” Towards an Era of Cooperation: An Indo-Australian Dialogue, edited by Dipankar Banerjee, Institute for Defence and Strategic Analysis, Delhi, India, 1995.

Book Reviews

Alan Tidwell.Managing Workplace Conflict: Alternative Dispute Resolution.” Journal of Industrial Relations 48 (2006): 717-718.

Alan Tidwell.Michael Hudson and Leo Hawkins (1997) Negotiating employee relations: How to negotiate successfully in the new workplace environment:.” Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources 37 (1999): 108-109.

Conference Proceedings

Alan Tidwell, ed.Proceedings from the Future of the Australian-American Alliance.” 1995. Sydney: Australian Centre for American Studies.


Tidwell, Alan, “Questions on Conflict Analysis and Peacebuilding,” Discussion Paper, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, 2002/03..

Tidwell, Alan, “Pax-Australiana,” Australian Centre for American Studies, Discussion Paper, Number 2, 1994.