Staff and Affiliates
Arthur G. Martirosyan is a Senior Consultant with the Bridgeway Group. In 1994, he joined Conflict Management Group (CMG) and worked with Professor Roger Fisher on several conflict management projects in the former Soviet Union and the Middle East. From 2001 through 2008, he was the Director of the Momentum Program: Leadership and Negotiation Culture Change in the Former Soviet Union (FSU). As a conflict management specialist, Arthur has been involved in the design and implementation of a series of successful strategic assistance projects in the complex ethno-political conflicts world-wide, Chechnya (Russian Federation), South Ossetia and Abkhazia (Georgia), Israel-Palestine, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Ethiopia, to name a few. In 1995-1999 as a Co-Director of the Network of Early Warning and Ethnological Monitoring of Conflict in the FSU, he authored analytical articles on the status of conflicts and negotiation processes in the Caucasus.
From 2003 to 2008, Arthur managed the Israeli Palestinian Negotiation Partners program that engaged senior technical advisors to the top decision-makers of both sides in a joint negotiation skills development process. For five years (2005 -2010), he led Mercy Corps’ efforts at building networks of professional negotiators in Iraq and Kosovo. In the last decade, he expanded his geographic portfolio to the African continent, where he has trained trainers and provided dialogue facilitation skills in South Sudan, Nigeria, and Ethiopia.
Arthur has designed and tested innovative approaches to studying the impact of stereotyping on negotiations and the role of media in transforming cognitive and attitudinal aspects of public opinion on conflicts. In recent years he has focused on mechanisms for mitigating identity conflicts and cross-cultural issues in negotiations. Before joining CMG, Arthur was a program associate with the Civic Education Project, a not-for-profit organization that aimed at reforming social science departments of universities in Eastern Europe and the FSU.
Arthur has an MA in English Literature and Translation Techniques from St. Petersburg University in Russia, and MA in International Relations from Yale University, where his focus was on nationalism, conflict, and transition to democracy. He has functional native proficiency in Armenian and Russian, advanced professional proficiency in German and limited working proficiency in Georgian, French, Spanish, Ukrainian, and beginner’s level in Serbian and Arabic.