A pioneer on emerging research on intractable conflict, Peter Coleman examined the conflict at Columbia University regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  A group of students at Columbia created a video on Columbia’s alleged bias towards Israel.  This ultimately attracted huge mediate attention and then the conflict erupted on campus.  Conflict is like a “huge hole that took years to dig but only seconds to fall into.”  Once the conflict begins, it becomes so easily to get trapped in the conflict.

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 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.