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.
by Peter T. Coleman
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