Chapter Five

Resolving Conflict

Although the resolution model may not be applicable to every conflict, conflict resolution is still the most commonly articulated goal of those who seek third-party assistance. It is also the goal around which conflict professionals are most likely to organize their practice. And for all the limitations of the resolution model, helping disputants resolve those conflicts, or elements of conflict, that are amenable to resolution is an important aspect of what conflict specialists have to offer. But what do we mean by resolution, how do we achieve it, and what role do resolution efforts play in enduring conflicts?

In the field of conflict intervention, we often assume that resolution is equivalent to agreement about ...

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