Newsletter #14

MBI Newsletter

Newsletter # 14 --  May 9, 2018

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Things YOU Can Do To Help Blog

  • Seek Co-existence, Not Total Victory -- The demand for total victory is a recipe for continuing and deepening strife--co-existence is essential for peace. -- April 27, 2018
  • Minimize the Use of Force -- Exchange and respect are more powerful than force--they persuade without causing backlash. -- April 30, 2018
  • Play a "Third Side Role" -- "Third siders" are disputants and outsiders - united in a desire to transform conflicts for the better. -- May 4, 2018

Conflict Frontiers Seminar

Conflict Fundamentals Seminar

Unit 4: Core Factors, Continued

  • 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. -- April 14, 2018
  • 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. -- April 15, 2018
  • Power -- Power, also, is more complex than it seems. This explains the difference between power sources, power strategies and when to use what. -- April 16, 2018
  • Oppression -- Written by well-known conflict scholar Morton Deutsch, the entire series is more relevant today than ever. -- April 18, 2018
  • Humiliation -- While commonly used, humiliation is extremely destructive--to its victims, and also, often, to the person or group doing the humiliation as well. -- April 19, 2018

Unit 5: Overlay Factors

  • Stereotypes -- Negative stereotypes eem to be flying particularly fast in social media and political discourse these days. The implications are extremely dangerous. -- April 27, 2018
  • Enemy Images -- Similar to stereotypes, breaking down enemy images is essential to conflict transformation. -- April 28, 2018
  • Cultural and Worldview Frames -- Another kind of framing is explained here, along with its implications for conflict exacerbation and transformation. -- April 29, 2018
  • Rational and nonrational decision-making -- This Fundamentals post continues the examination of emotions' role in conflict decision making. -- April 30, 2018
  • Psychological Dynamics of Intractable Conflict -- This begins a set of essays by Daniel Bar-Tal, explaining how psychological dynamics can drive group, as well as individual, behavior. -- May 1, 2018
  • Ethos of Conflict -- The second Bar-Tal essay exploring group psychological dynamics. -- May 3, 2018
  • Siege Mentality -- A third in the Bar-Tal series of group psychological dynamics. -- May 7, 2018
  • Delegitimization -- The fourth and last of Bar-Tal's essays exploring group psychological dynamics. -- May 8, 2018
  • Victimhood -- Often both sides see themselves as the victim and the other as the aggressor. This essay explores this complicated psychology and its impacts. -- May 9, 2018


Beyond Intractability in Context Blog

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