Conflict Frontiers Seminar 8 -- MPP-based Strategies for Addressing the Authoritarian Populism Problem


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See also: Frontiers Seminar 7 -- Using MPP to Understand the Authoritarian Populism Problem

In Conflict Frontiers Seminar 7, we introduced and explained the nature of the "Authoritarian Populsim Problem."  In this seminar we offer a series of posts exploring ways in which a strategy based on Massively Parallel Peace Building (MPP)  can help us more constructively address the problem.

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    Related Conflict Fundamentals and BI Knowledge Base Posts

    • Core and Overlays Part 1 - An examination of the Burgess's theory of core and overlaying factors which contribute to conflict intractability.
    • Core and Overlays Part 2 - Following on from an examination of core factors, this article examines the Burgess's notion of "complicating factors" that also contribute to intractability. 
    • Reconciliation - Reconciliation used to be a common conflict resolution goal. While it still may be for the peacebuilders, it isn't sought by disputants nearly as much.
    • Principles of Justice and Fairness - An examination of the many different meanings of justice: distributive, procedural, retributive, and restorative among others. 
    • First Parties, Third Parties, and Thirdsiders - An essay examining the different roles conflict parties play, showing how even disputants can also be dispute resolovers. 
    • Ury's "Third Side"' - Ury describes 10 third side roles that both conflict insiders and outsiders can play to help make conflicts more constructive. 
    • Leaders and Leadership - An examination of the different meanings of the word "leader," what makes leaders good or bad, and the dynamics between a group and their leader. 
    • Identity Issues - Identity has long been identified as a driver of intractability. This essay explains why, and what can be done to address these conflicts. 
    • Status and power struggles - Another core driver of intractability--the fight over social status never seems to end, as is discussed in this Fundamentals Post. 
    • Power - Power, also, is more complex than it seems. This explains the difference between power sources, power strategies and when to use what. 
    • Oppression - Written by well-known conflict scholar Morton Deutsch, the entire series is more relevant today than ever.
    • Humiliation - While commonly used, humiliation is extremely destructive--to its victims, and also, often, to the person or group doing the humiliation as well.

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