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

Failed Mediation

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If mediation has been tried once and has failed, parties often will not be willing to try mediation again, even if the earlier problem has been corrected. For example, if mediation was tried before a conflict was ripe for mediation, the parties may be unwilling to try again, even when the timing is better. Similarly, if mediation fails because the mediator is not adequately skilled or was unfair, a better mediator may not be able to overcome the negative stigma generated by his or her predecessor. The parties are more likely to give up on mediation, and rely on force to get their needs met.

Links to Possible Solutions to this Problem:

Identifying Ripe Times for Negotiation

Provide a Skilled, Credible Third Party


Links to Related Problems:

Third Party Not Effective or Credible

Poor Timing

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