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

Analysis of Similar Conflicts

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Learning Form the Experiences of Others

The old adage is true--those who refuse to learn from history's mistakes are condemned to repeat them.  Humans have been engaged in serious and often deadly conflicts throughout their history. During that time, virtually every type of conflict   (over scarce resources,  power, or ideological differences, for example) and incremental conflict problems (such as misunderstandings, closed lines of communication, or distrust) has arisen repeatedly. Most of the available strategies for dealing with these problems have also been  repeatedly employed. The result is that we now know a great deal about what is likely to happen in various situations. This base of experience can be used to make reasonably accurate forecasts of the probable results of alternative strategies.  Such forecasts can be used to help  parties select strategies that are more likely to achieve their objectives.

The purpose of this website is to give readers some knowledge of conflict problems and solutions that have been tried before.  Many other stories are available elsewhere--from friends and acquaintances through word of mouth, through popular literature (even fiction), and through scholarly research.  Although time is often a problem in emerging conflicts, the more time one can spend analyzing what others have done in similar situations, what has worked effectively, and what has not, the better able one will be to chose a course of action that will result in the desired outcome.

Links to Related Approaches

Conflict Mapping

Strategic Option Identification and Costing

Links to Related Problems

Conflict Emergence

Ambiguous Goals


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