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 intractable conflicts not only have a history, but they also are sufficiently involved and complex that they are related to other external situations--often to other disputes. For example, a dispute between two countries may start over a minor incident involving a foreign national in the other country, but can quickly escalate because many other issues--even involving other countries--are involved. Just as biologists explain that the entire world is linked into one great ecosystem, and you cannot change one thing without affecting other parts of the system, so too is the social system inter-related. Thus it is important to recognize what other situations and disputes are related to the immediate situation you are involved in and how those other situations are likely to affect you and your own conflict.
Ignoring the Conflict History or Current Related Disputes
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