Mozambique was at civil-war for years before peace suddenly “struck.”  One man, Jaime Gonzalez, helped both sides break through the wall of “good” versus “evil” which had been utilized to justify the ongoing tension between the government and the rebels. Peter Coleman at Columbia University discusses how “latent attractors” helped individuals in Mozambique to see the humanity in their enemy.  This ultimately allowed for both parties to forgive each other for the violence and find lasting peace. Mozambique shows us that peace is possible even in impossible situations.  We can get beyond the “us” versus “them” to find lasting peace.

This four part video series provide an introduction to the “Five Percent Problem.”  This video introduces emerging research on intractable conflicts. Each video is meant to help a diverse audience understand the fundamental concepts behind this area of emerging research and education.

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by Peter T. Coleman

Other videos in this series:

Part 1: An Introduction

Part 2: A Conflict in the South Bronx

Part 3: A Conflict at Columbia University

The International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR) blog promotes constructive conflict resolution, effective cooperation, and social justice.  ICCCR is an innovative center committed to developing knowledge and practice to promote these themes.  They work with sensitivity to cultural differences and emphasize the links between theory, research, and practice. While many other conflict resolution centers focus on providing training and consulting, the ICCCR training and work with the community is rooted in scholarship.

Peter T. Coleman, author of The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts, is associate professor of psychology and education at Columbia University, director of the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution, and on the faculty of Teachers College and The Earth Institute at Columbia. In 2003, he received the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association, Division 48: Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict, and Violence. He lives in New York.