Did you know that approximately 5% of conflicts in the world become intractable?

To better understand how and why certain conflicts elevate to an intractable level, Peter Coleman at Columbia University spoke with individuals at a local school in the Bronx who were embroiled in gang violence. The outsiders to the conflict, like the teachers and principle of the school, saw the conflict as a complex problem. However, the people in the conflict had a simple “us” versus “them” mentality.

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 3: A Conflict at Columbia University
Part 4: A Conflict in Mozambique

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.