Constructive Confrontation Initiative Spring 2018 Posts to Date
See Syllabus for additional background posts and planned, future posts (many of which are now accessible).
Other Blogs: MOOS Conflict Frontiers | BI in Context | Colleague Activities
Posts ordered from most recent to earliest.
Levels of Action
Leaders at three levels of society can contribute to peace, but the middle level is often the most effective.
Leaders and Leadership
"Leadership is one of the most observed and least understood phenomena on earth." (Burns)
Identity drives many intractable conflicts as people simplify complex situations into an "us-versus them" story.
Rich / Poor Conflicts
Conflicts between the rich and the poor are intractable in many contexts.
Dealing with Extremists
Violent extremism is one of the most difficult challenges of our time. We MUST design better ways of preventing it.
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, says Boulding, exists when the thought of war as a tool to resolve conflicts is not considered.
Once a hot topic, now a hotly-needed but controversial one-- this essay tells why.
Conflict transformation sees conflict as an opportunity, not a problem needing a solution.
Draft Fact-Finding replacement page
To be trust-worthy, fact-finding must either be done jointly or by a neutral third party. But pitfalls remain for both approaches.
The Core Causes of Intractable Conflicts
High-stakes, fundamental moral differences, status conflicts, and identity issues are among the factors that often lie at the core of intractable conflicts.
What Are Intractable Conflicts?
Supplementing the Frontiers video, this Fundamentals essay tells more about our history with the term and why we still use it.
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.
Conflicts and Disputes
Distinguishing between conflicts and disputes is essential for successful engagement in each.
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.