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23 Conflict Resol. Q. 1 (2005-2006)

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     onflict Resolution Quarterly officially begins it fifth volume with this
     issue. Five years ago, as CRQ evolved from Mediation Quarterly, we
announced  that the CRQ  mission was to present theory to practice schol-
arship in a variety of practice contexts and  on  a variety of practice
processes. Looking back over the first four volumes of CRQ, I believe that
the journal has fulfilled its basic mission and continues to encourage multi-
method  and multidisciplinary understandings of conflict resolution.
   However,  we need a great deal more critical research, theory, and prac-
tice scholarship in this field. It is this assessment that encouraged me to
devote part of this issue to an important article from Robert Baruch Bush
and Lisa Blomgren  Bingham   on the Knowledge   Gaps study. For almost
thirty years, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation  promoted  and
sustained development of conflict theory and practice linkages. The foun-
dation supported several Conflict Theory Centers in which leading schol-
ars in the field were able to engage in theory development and basic and
applied research, with the hope of establishing a solid knowledge founda-
tion for the practice of conflict resolution. As the Hewlett Foundation pre-
pared to change funding  foci, Terry Amsler, the program director of the
Conflict Resolution Program, had  the wisdom  and foresight to commis-
sion a study of the Theory Centers to identify what was accomplished and
what knowledge  gaps remained. After the study was completed, the foun-
dation hosted a conference in June 2004 to allow Theory Center scholars
to discuss the report and identify areas of funding for the final round of
Hewlett seed grants. The Knowledge  Gaps study, prepared by two promi-
nent scholars and presented in this volume, is a skillful combination of
the original report and commentary from  the June 2004 meeting. I hope
you will take time to consider the gaps identified in this report and con-
sider what we, as a field, must do to close them. Although the Hewlett
Foundation  is no longer a major benefactor of the field, and other founda-
tions and funders seem less generous of late, our field bears the ultimate
responsibility for acknowledging and addressing these gaps. I hope that our
associations, universities, academic programs, and individual leaders will


              CONFLICT RESOLUTION QUARTERLY, vol. 23, no. 1, Fall 2005 @ Wiley Periodicals, Inc., 1
                                        and the Association for Conflict Resolution

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