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.
International Online Training Program On Intractable Conflict
Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado, USA
Opening Page | Glossary | Menu Shortcut Page
When two opposing groups live in the same territory, they may either seek to find a way to live together, or one or both groups may decide that the only way to resolve the conflict is to make the other group disappearfiguratively, or perhaps literally, to push the opponents into the sea. This is the ultimate "zero-sum" or "win-lose" approachit assumes that the very existence of the opponent is a loss for the other side. Thus, the only way one side can win is if they completely eliminate the other by force.
Needless to say, this way of framing a conflict is a recipe for disaster. There is almost never a place for the other side to go, nor would they want to go if they could. Framing the conflict in this way assures a highly destructive and protracted conflict that will not allow anyone to win. For this reason, it is essential that peacemakers work with parties to such conflicts to convince them to reframe the problem in terms of finding strategies for co-existence, not for eliminating the other side.
United States Institute of Peace--Sino-Tibetan co-Existence: Creating Space for Tibetan Self-Direction
U.S. Institute of Peace--Religion, Nationalism, and Peace in Sudan
Joint Reframing/Assisted Reframing
Overly Competitive Approaches to a Conflict
Failing to Identify Available Options for Dealing with the Situation
Copyright ©1998 Conflict Research Consortium -- Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org