OTPIC Officially Retired

As of December 2, 2005, the Online Training Program on Intractable Conflict (OTPIC) has been officially retired, and is no longer open to new registrations.

The successor to OTPIC is a course called Dealing Constructively with Intractable Conflicts (DCIC). The new curriculum is built around one of our major projects, Beyond Intractability, and offers a much more extensive and informative set of learning materials than that available through OTPIC.

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International Online Training Program On Intractable Conflict

Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado, USA

Conflict Group Formation

by Paul Wehr

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The differentiation of jobs and positions in a society and the rank ordering of people by status will inevitably produce conflict groups which bring latent conflict into the open. People become aware they have interests in common with others like them in position and status (Dahrendorf 1959). Those interests will center around common grievances and goals. Group members recognize other groups whose interests will oppose theirs. The initial stage of group formation may not involve real group-consciousness. But at some point, leaders will emerge and group formation will become conscious and deliberate. Members will make decisions about raising group self-awareness, clarification of group interests and goals, likely allies and enemies, and so forth. At that point, the character of the struggle will be decided. Group members may then have their best opportunity to determine the conflict's costs for them.

Links to Related Solutions:

Identifying and Involving All Potential Disputants

Conflict Mapping

Links to Related Problems

Conflict Emergence


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