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

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Peace Zones

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Peace zones offer a strategy for dealing with conflicting claims about the ownership of a particular piece of land or water. Rather than attempting to resolve the dispute by giving one side ownership, sovereignty for the area would be granted to a neutral body (such as the United Nations) which would be responsible for administering the area for the benefit of all parties and for making the innumerable compromises which are required whenever conflicting parties inhabit the same area. Zones of peace have been proposed, for example, for Jerusalem, Kurdistan, the South Atlantic, and the Indian Ocean.

Links to Examples

Majid Tehranian -- A Peace Zone for Kurdistan?
This article briefly discusses what peace zones are and why they would be useful in places such as Kurdistan, Palestine, and Lebanon.

Links to Outside Sources of Information

Zone of peace and cooperation of the South Atlantic G.A. res. 4774 47 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 31 U.N. Doc. A4749 (1992).

UN may drop peace zone proposal for Indian Ocean

Links to Related Approaches

Collective Security


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