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

New, Poorly Informed Participants

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Conflicts (and many disputes) are long-term processes which continue over months or years. As conflicts proceed, participants develop a long history of interactions with one another. They get to know each other personally. They also get to know interests, positions, and actions of the various parties as well as the history of efforts to better deal with the conflict. When new individuals become active in the conflict, they are likely to lack this base of experience and, as a result, they are more likely to take actions that they would not have taken if the better understood the conflict's history.

The key to limiting this problem is finding  some mechanism for preserving the conflict's history and providing new participants with access to that information. It is important that this mechanism provide people entering the conflict which information that is as unbiased as possible. If new people get their information from a single source, they are also likely inherit that person's stereotypes and animosities. It is also important, however, to encourage new participants to try new approaches which may allow them to find ways around obstacles which earlier participants were unable to surmount.

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