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
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Many potential conflicts never really develop, because the one or more of the people or groups involved decides that the situation is not serious enough to confront the other side. If one side believes that they have been wronged, or that they are not getting what they deserve or need, they can either chose to address the problem, or to let it go without confrontation. Alternatively, they may try to remedy the situation themselves by getting what they need another way, or forgiving the wrong that has been done.
This often occurs among low power groups when they do not feel they have the resources available to confront the opponent. In some cases, they may not even define the situation as a problem because they have come to define the situation in much the same way that the high-power group does--as if the status differential is appropriate, just, or normal (when an outside observer might say it is not).
Acceptance can also occur among high power groups, when they feel that the damage they could do to the situation or the relationship is greater than the potential pay-off is worth. This is seen, for example, in many family conflicts, when one person withdraws from the conflict and accepts a less desirable outcome because they don't want to harm the relationship with the other family member(s). This can happen even at the highest levels of international relations, when countries back down from a confrontation, rather than risking war.
Links to Examples of this Approach to Conflict
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Links to Related Problems
Failing to Identify Available Options for Dealing with the Situation
Not My Problem
Framing Conflict as the Problem
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