Michelle Maiese

Michelle Maiese
Michelle Maiese is a graduate student of Philosophy at the University of Colorado, Boulder and is a part of the research staff at the Conflict Research Consortium. Michelle Maiese is a contributor to Beyond Intractability which is an online “encyclopedia” compiling easy-to-understand essays on almost 400 topics which explain the dynamics of conflict along with available options for promoting more constructive approaches.

Negotiation

 What is Negotiation?In simplest terms, negotiation is a discussion between two or more disputants who are trying to work out a solution to their problem.This interpersonal or inter-group process can occur at a personal level, as well as at a corporate or...

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The Core Causes of Intractable Conflicts

 Intractable conflicts are ones that remain unresolved for long periods of time and then become stuck at a high level of intensity and destructiveness. They typically involve many parties and concern an intricate set of historical, religious, cultural, political, and...

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Moral or Value Conflicts

Protracted conflict sometimes results from a clash between differing world-views. One group's most fundamental and cherished assumptions about the best way to live may differ radically from the values held by another group. Parties may have different standards of...

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Interests, Positions, Needs, and Values

Interests are desires or goals--the things that people want to achieve in a conflict situation. Unlike people's positions--which are simple statements such as "I'm pro-choice" or "I'm pro-life"--which are positions, the interests underlying those position is the...

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Conflict Transformation

I have been using the phrase "conflict transformation" since the late 1980s. I remember that timeframe because it came on the heels of intensive experience in Central America. When I arrived there my teaching vocabulary was filled with the terminology of conflict...

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Principles of Justice and Fairness

Taken in its broader sense, justice is action in accordance with the requirements of some law. Some maintain that justice stems from God's will or command, while others believe that justice is inherent in nature itself. Still others believe that justice consists...

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Levels of Action

The Pyramid[1]Not surprisingly, people often disagree about the most effective approach to building peace within a population. Should peace be built from the top down, or from the bottom up? What roles should the different actors play? John Paul Lederach has answered...

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Emotions

The issue of how to manage and resolve conflict is typically approached as if it is solely or primarily a rational problem. Indeed, most negotiation and mediationtraining focuses on material positions and interests, and looks at the way to get the most for oneself, or...

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Capacity Building

What is Capacity Building?The terms "capacity building" and "capacity development" are used in numerous contexts to describe a wide array of activities. In the most general terms, capacity consists of a party's ability to solve its problems and achieve its objectives....

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What it Means to Dehumanize

Dehumanization Part 1Dehumanization is a psychological process whereby opponents view each other as less than human and thus not deserving of moral consideration. Jews in the eyes of Nazis and Tutsis in the eyes of Hutus (in the Rwandan genocide) are but two examples....

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Systems Modeling

 One of the central challenges of deciding how to address intractable conflict is to understand how to respond to their dynamics and complexity. Rather than being surprised by the intricate and quickly changing dynamics of a problem, or being overwhelmed by the...

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