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Topical Audio Interview Segments from the Beyond Intractability Project

  • According to Dennis Sandole, the coercive peacemaking force is necessary for parties to break out of conflict-habituated systems.

  • Developing an attitude and means of achieving coexistence is key to overcoming many intractable religious, ethnic, and other intergroup conflicts. However, defining what coexistence is and how it can be achieved, is a challenge. Helen Chauncey, Angela Khaminwa, and Sarah Peterson all talked to us about their coexistence work with the NGO, The Coexistence Initiative.

  • Helen Chauncey of the Coexistence Initiative likens their work in achieving an appreciation of diversity and coexistence to the work of early human rights activists.

  • Angela Khaminwa, Program Officer for Outreach and Communication at The Coexistence Initiative, describes her current work on coexistence and social inclusion policies.

  • Helen Chauncey, of the Coexistence Initiative explains how their use of the term "coexistence" is different from traditional definitions. It is a bit like transformative mediation, interviewer Julian Portilla observes.

  • Sarah Peterson describes a negotiation process in South Africa involving land reform that has, with effort, led to longer-term coexistence. But maintenance of coexistence takes continual effort, she explains.

  • Angela Khaminwa and Sarah Peterson, of The Coexistence Initiative, explain the interrelationship between peacebuilding and coexistence work.

  • Reaching out to other identities can be constructive, argues Helen Chauncey, of the Coexistence Initiatative.


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