Richard Salem

Richard Salem

Between 1979 and 1995, Richard Salem made 15 extended trips to South Africa where he pioneered the training of negotiation and mediation in community conflicts. He served on the initial training committee of South Africa's National Peace Accord and provided training for the Accord's regional and local peace committees. In 1992 he led 20 South African mediators on a tour of grass roots mediation centers in the USA under the auspices of the U. S. Information Service. Salem's work in South Africa led CMI and two South African partner NGO's to receive the Mary Parker Follett Award from the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution in 1994 for "innovative and effective work ... to help create democratic problem-solving processes in the new South Africa."

Articles and Video:

Interview with Richard Salem (07/10/20)
This is the complete interview by Robert Benjamin with Richard Salem, a pioneer in the field of mediation and dispute resolution, filmed as part of's ' Views from the Eye of the Storm' Video Series.

CRS in Battle of Wounded Knee (05/01/20)
Richard Salem describes agency cutbacks as Community Relations Service was preventing violence in the Battle of Wounded Knee.

Mediating the Skokie-Nazi Conflict (12/20/19)
Richard Salem briefly discusses mediating the Skokie-Nazi conflict through the organization CRS (Community Relations Service).

Mediation Pioneer Richard A. Salem 1930-2014 (03/31/14)
Dick Salem passed away on March 22, 2014 due to complications from a stroke. He was a mediation pioneer whose career took him from the city desk at the Washington Post to mediating high profile civil rights cases as the Midwest Regional Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service. He was also my father, and I know that it was a distinct privilege for him to serve our field for more than 40 years.

Richard Salem: Process of an Effective Mediator - Video (04/01/10)
Richard Salem explains how an effective mediator facilitates a mediation and the process used to bring understanding and agreement.

Salem, Richard: Experience in Rwanda Post Genocide - Video (09/15/09)
Richard Salem shares his experience training local leaders in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, as well as helping to draft a book of chilren's drawings from the genocide.

Salem, Richard: Growth of Mediation - Video (09/15/09)
Richard Salem discusses what has pleased him about the field which includes growth and acceptance of mediation.

Salem, Richard: Early Experiences in Chicago - Video (09/15/09)
Richard Salem talks about his earlier experiences with running an office in Chicago while there were street disturbances during the democratic convention in 1968.

Salem, Richard: Police Vs. Black Panthers in California - Video (05/15/09)
Richard Salem describes his time serving as an intermediary between police and the black panthers in Richmond, California.


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Richard Salem
Complete hour-long interview of Richard Salem by Robert Benjamin.