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.

Conflict Research Consortium BOOK SUMMARY

International Conflict Resolution: The U.S.-USSR and Middle East Cases


Louis Kriesberg


Kriesberg, Louis. International Conflict Resolution. New Haven, London: Yale University Press. 1992.

This book summary written by: Mariya Yevsyukova, Conflict Research Consortium.

The Camp David accords created a framework for negotiations over the West Bank and Gaza Strip. According to the "Framework of Peace in the Middle East," certain steps should have been made for the further development of the peace process. It states that the resolution of the Palestinian issue should include participation of Palestinian, Israeli and Jordanian representatives in negotiations over the transitional arrangements, and the withdrawal of Israeli administration after the election of a self-governing authority by people living in the area. The Israeli government did not follow the Camp David agreement and Jewish settlements were established in the occupied territories. The major difficulty was the fact that Jordanian and Palestinian representatives did not participate in negotiations over the Palestinian issue. Several unsuccessful attempts to do this by Egyptian, Israeli and United States governments were made. Palestinians and Jordanians, probably, could have been persuaded to enter negotiations if the Israeli government had showed any signs of being willing to give up its control over the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Also, if Palestinians and Jordanians had decided to enter negotiations and recognized the Israeli state, this could have changed the political environment and influenced the nature of negotiations. These did not happen because of the parties' fears of each others' response, and of losing public support and surrendering their ideological commitments.

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