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


Especially Useful Links

The following list of links go to web pages that contain a great deal of useful information on the topics of interest to people involved with or interested in intractable conflicts, conflict management and dispute resolution.  Many of these pages are also linked into individual topics, but they are worth browsing independently for their wealth of information.

You can use your computer's find or search commands to search this list.

The ABCs of ADR - A Dispute Resolution Glossary
This site has a good overview of a wide variety of  approaches which in the U.S. are referred to as ADR, or "alternative dispute resolution."  These include mediation, arbitration, and similar processes.  Descriptions of these together with a large number of varieties are given here.
Conflict Research Consortium, University of Colorado
This is our main website.  It has much more material on conflict and alternative dispute resolution than appears in this online training program, including 100s of full text working papers, abstracts of key books, lists of conflict resolution resources, training opportunities, and links to other conflict resolution organizations..
Emory Law Library Reference Desk
This site also has extensive legal information for the U.S. and other countries worldwide. 
IGC ConflictNet
ConflictNet is a network of people concerned about conflict and its resolution.   The site has news articles and commentary about many of the current serious conflict situations around the world.
INCORE- Initiative on Conflict Resolution and Ethnicity, a Joint Initiative of the University of Ulster and the United Nations University
This site is loaded with information about ethnic conflicts and conflict resolution around the world. The publications and papers section has several good, lengthy papers on peacekeeping, peacemaking, and preventive diplomacy, and the conflict data service has hundreds of sources on these and related topics, organized by country and region.  The Ethnic Conflict Research digest has a large number of  book reviews relating to ethnic conflict research.
International Relations and Security Network
"The International Relations and Security Network (ISN) is a cooperative initiative to promote free flow of unclassified information in the fields of international relations and security policy. To achieve these aims, ISN develops and promotes high-quality reference services as well as educational modules in the fields concerned. Furthermore, ISN acts as a platform for networking, dialogue, and cooperation within the international security community. The final goal is establishing a system of federated electronic services with decentralized operation but made accessible from a single platform on the Internet."  This site has a huge amount of information about intractable conflicts around the world including both primary and secondary sources.
Mediation Information and Resource Center
This is one of the major resource sites on mediation and mediators in the United States.
The Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research
The Transnational Foundation is located in Sweden.  It has a very useful website, with links to leading world news organizations, as well as many of their own publications.
United Nations Home Page
The UN Home Page is the starting point for a vast amount of information on UN activities as well as conflict around the world.  They have sections on peace and security, international law, humanitarian affairs, economic and social development, and human rights.  Their section on the "Question of Palestine " is particularly extensive.
Useful ADR Sites on the World Wide Web Collected and Annotated by James Boskey
This is a list of useful websites on alternative dispute resolution, including a number of non-US and non-English sites.
US Institute of Peace - Publications
This site has a HUGE number of full-text publications of interest.  Many have been linked to specific sections of this program, but these reports relate to so many topics, linking them everywhere they might have gone was not possible.  Check them out!

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