MOOS Fundamentals Seminar Posts

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  • High-Stakes Distributional Issues
    When conflicts over who gets what really matter--they are high stakes--they drive intractability.
  • Dealing with Extremists
    Violent extremism is one of the most difficult challenges our time. We MUST design better ways of preventing it.
  • Within-Party Differences
    Not everyone on the “other side” is the same: some are open to compromise and others not. Don't lump them together.
  • Leaders and Leadership
    James MacGregor Burns, observed, "Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth." These resources examine the dynamics between a group and their leader.
  • Levels of Action
    Leaders at 3 levels of society can contribute to peace, but the middle level is often the most effective.
  • Third Siders
    "Third siders" are disputants and outsiders - united in a desire to transform conflicts for the better.
  • Parties to Intractable Conflict
    Everyone can play a role in making conflicts better--or worse!
  • Principles of Justice and Fairness
    Like, beauty, "justice" is "in they eye of the beholder. " Or is it not? Can it be objectively measured?
  • Stable Peace
    Stable peace, says Boulding, exists when the thought of war as a tool to resolve conflicts is not considered.
  • Reconciliation
    Once a hot topic, now a hotly-needed but controversial topic - this essay tells why.
  • Conflict Transformation
    Conflict transformation sees conflict as an opportunity, not a problem needing a solution.
  • Settlement, Resolution, Management, and Transformation: An Explanation of Terms
    Often considered synonyms, each of these implies a very different process and outcome.
  • Interests, Positions, Needs, and Values
    These are the things people fight about--and each must be handled differently.
  • Complex Adaptive Systems
    Beyond complex, societal-level conflicts can be considered to be "complex adaptive systems," similar in some sense to weather, ant colonies, or jazz ensembles. The study of these systems requires us to challenge assumptions deeply embedded in the North American/European understandings of conflict intervention.
  • Conflicts and Disputes
    Distinguishing between conflicts & disputes is essential for successful engagement in each.
  • Causes of Intractable Conflicts
    Intractability is driven by core differences and numerous "complicating" or "overlay" factors.
  • What Are Intractable Conflicts?
    An explanation of the controversy surrounding this term..and why we use it.