Meet the team

The Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation (Imagine Center) is an independent, non-political organization and is dedicated to positively transforming relations and laying foundations for lasting and sustainable peace in conflict-torn societies with particular expertise in the South Caucasus.

Phil Gamaghelyan

Phil Gamaghelyan is the co-founder and co-director of the Imagine Center for Conflict Transformation and one of the editors of its on-line platform, The Neutral Zone. He is also the co-founder and the former managing editor of the Journal of Conflict Transformation: Caucasus Edition. Phil initiated and facilitated numerous Azerbaijani-Armenian initiatives with diverse audiences including youth, academics, journalists, educators and politicians. In addition to the Armenian-Azerbaijani work, Phil has also led Syrian, Georgian-South Ossetian, Turkish-Armenian, Arab-Israeli, Indian-Pakistani, Afghani initiatives in collaboration with the Seeds of Peace, Harvard University, Brandeis University, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Princeton University, George Mason University, Turkish Policy Quarterly and others. Phil currently teaches research and theory courses in the School for Conflict Analyses and Resolution of George Mason University and has previously lectured at Tufts University.

Nigar Goksel

For ten years, Nigar Göksel has been Editor-in-Chief of Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ). In parallel, between 2004 until 2011, she was Senior Analyst at the European Stability Initiative (ESI), conducting field research across Turkey and the South Caucasus. She has worked at various think tanks and NGOs in Istanbul since 2000, including as Country Director for IREX (International Research and Exchanges Board), Project Manager at TESEV (Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation), and International Relations Coordinator at the ARI Movement. Prior to 2000, Nigar was in Washington DC for three years, where she worked at the Azerbaijan Embassy, and briefly for the Turkish Businessmen’s Association (TUSIAD-US). Nigar is engaged in a number of dialogue and conflict resolution initiatives in Tukkey’s neighborhood – particularly focusing on the Caucasus. She is a regular contributor to the German Marshall Fund (GMF) ‘On Turkey’ policy brief series, covering Turkish foreign policy, democratization, women’s rights, the Black Sea region, and EU neighborhood policies.

Chris Littlefield

Chris has been with Imagine Center since the first dialogue project in 2007. Chris has varied and broad experience in designing and leading programs that create understanding and trust between youth and adults from cultures in conflict. Working for Seeds of Peace and Friends Forever Peace programs Chris has direct experience in the development and implementation of conflict resolution programs between Israelis and Palestinians, Indians-Pakistanis, Greek and Turkish Cypriots, and Catholics and Protestants from Northern Ireland.

Chris is also a skilled trainer. He spent the last two years leading anti-bias and harassment trainings for the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence in Portland, Maine. He has received research and service awards for his work with the Seeds of Peace Program, the Caroline Briggs Award for contributions to diversity from UNCA. Chris received his BA in “Global Interactions” from University of North Carolina Asheville.

Turkish Policy Quarterly (TPQ) is an Istanbul-based journal focusing on Turkish politics, economy and foreign policy. The objective of fostering new and original thinking on Turkey and its neighborhood with a global outlook drives TPQ’s editorial content since 2002.