Nathan C. Funk, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo’s Conrad Grebel University College.He has served on the boards of two Canadian NGOs, Project Ploughshares and Peacebuild: The Canadian Peacebuilding Network, and authored a number of writings on peacebuilding and international conflict resolution, with a special focus on the contemporary Middle East, Islamic-Western relations, identity conflict, sustained dialogue, and the role of cultural and religious factors in localized social change processes.His publications include Ameen Rihani: Bridging East and West(University Press of America, 2004), Islam and Peacemaking in the Middle East (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009), and“Building on What’s Already There:  Valuing the Local in International Peacebuilding” (International Journal, 2012).