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Epilogue: Conflict in the Twenty First Century

  • Robin R. Vallacher
  • Peter T. Coleman
  • Andrzej Nowak
  • Lan Bui-Wrzosinska
  • Larry Liebovitch
  • Katharina G. Kugler
  • Andrea Bartoli
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Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)

Abstract

Conflict is a defining feature of human relations. It would be naïve, if not irresponsible, to think that antagonistic interactions among individuals, groups, and nations can ever be eliminated or marginalized, no matter how much we learn about the root causes of such interactions. A realistic goal is to understand the fundamental dynamics that promote and sustain destructive conflict generally, and the special blend of dynamical properties that transform a small proportion of conflicts into a protracted state of hostile relations that destroys the fabric of interpersonal, intergroup, and international life. The book thus far has identified key dynamical principles underlying the progression toward intractable conflict, with an emphasis on conflicts observed throughout history and that are all too prevalent today. This understanding, in turn, provides the basis for divining means of disrupting the feedback loops that sustain protracted conflicts, so that such conflicts can be transformed into benign or even positive social relations.

Keywords

Hate Crime Optimistic Scenario Executive Resource Violent Confrontation Destructive Conflict 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robin R. Vallacher
    • 1
  • Peter T. Coleman
    • 2
  • Andrzej Nowak
    • 3
  • Lan Bui-Wrzosinska
    • 4
  • Larry Liebovitch
    • 5
  • Katharina G. Kugler
    • 6
  • Andrea Bartoli
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFlorida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA
  2. 2.International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution Teachers CollegeColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WarsawWarsawPoland
  4. 4.International Center for Complexity and ConflictWarsaw School of Social Sciences and HumanitiesWarsawPoland
  5. 5.Division of Mathematics and Natural SciencesCity University of New York Queens CollegeNew YorkUSA
  6. 6.Economic and Organisational PsychologyLudwig-Maximilians-Universitaet MuenchenMunichGermany
  7. 7.School for Conflict Analysis and ResolutionGeorge Mason UniversityArlingtonUSA

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