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

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If the time is ripe for negotiations, but there is no forum, the parties may not be able to establish one on their own. This is one way in which a third party can be helpful. If the third party will provide a neutral setting for the disputants' meetings, they may be more likely to negotiate than they would be if one side tries to get the other to come to its "home turf" for negotiations.


Links to Examples of This Approach:

Mediating the Oslo Accords on the Middle East
This story about the Norwegian mediation of the Israeli-Palestinian Accords illustrates how a third party can provide an effective forum for negotiations which is key to their success.
Krag Unsoeld --How to best run a town? Citizens reconcile opposing philosophies
This is an example of a local mediation effort which was undertaken to provide a new forum for communication which would be more positive than the media and meetings that had been occurring.

Links to Related Approaches:

Utilize a Skilled and Credible Third Party

Opening Communication Channels


Links to Related Problems:

Lack of a Negotiating Forum

Lack of Communication Channels/Avoided Communication


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