Conflict Fundamentals Seminar 1


Seminar 1: Understanding the Intractable Conflict Problem

This first "real seminar" has much of the same material as the first Conflict Frontiers Seminar.  It explains why intractable conflicts are so difficult, yet so important to address constructively.

Fundamentals Posts

Related Confict Frontiers Posts

Related Knowledge Base Essays

  • Nature of Intractability -- It can be difficult to decide whether a conflict is, in fact, intractable. This essay explains why the term, "intractable," is so controversial.
  • Characteristics Of Intractable Conflicts -- Intractable conflicts are ones that go on and on, are frequently very destructive, and seem to resist any attempts at resolution. Though international conflicts, such as Israel-Palestine quickly come to mind, domestic issues such as the abortion controversy, and even some marital relations are quite intractable as well.
  • Unmet Human Needs -- Human essentials go beyond just food, water, and shelter. They include all those things humans are innately driven to attain, such as love, dignity and safety. Some theorists argue that most intractable conflicts are caused by the drive to satisfy unmet needs.

Related Things YOU Can Do To Help Blog Posts

Related Beyond Intractability In Context Blog Posts

Seminar videos (listed above) contain additional "BI in Context" references.