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

New Leader Briefings

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When new people enter a negotiation or become leaders of a group involved in an ongoing conflict, it is important that they be fully briefed about the history of the conflict and conflict management or resolution processes that have already taken place. Although it is inevitable that the new people will not see things exactly the same way as the people they replace, less disruption of the conflict management process will occur if the new people at least enter the process understanding what is going on and what has gone on before. That way, they will not insist on doing things that have already been done, ask questions that infuriate the other side because the answer is "so obvious," or otherwise harm relationships or the process itself simply out of ignorance of the past.

Examples of this Approach

Susan L. Carpenter and W.J.D. Kennedy--Handling the Human Side of the Process
Carpenter and Kennedy stress the importance of briefing new leaders and new negotiators in this article.

Links to Related Approaches

Constituent Communication

Links to Related Problems

New, Poorly Informed Participants

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