The Developing World and U.S. Conflict Resolution Models

Olympio Barbanti

Faculty in the Department of International Relations at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Interviewed by Julian Portilla, 2003

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For example, in developing countries, social theory is very influenced by some kind of Marxist approach, like in Latin America... together with a Marxist approach pose some limitations to the application to the conflict resolution approach to these same countries. People do not believe that conflicts can be resolved or they are not capable of sorting out their differences in a rational or formal way. In fact, they believe that you need to increase conflicts as a way of promoting a change in society.