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

This series explores how and why certain conflicts elevate to an intractable level in order to better understand this type of conflict.  Peter Coleman with Columbia University has studied the root cause of intractable conflicts and identified more than fifty reasons ranging from politics to personal revenge to trauma.  It is important to understand intractable conflict so that we can more effectively work towards resolving these complex conflicts.

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.  Video content from Columbia University and Peter T. Coleman who is author of the book, “The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts.”

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by Peter T. Coleman

Other videos in this series:

Part 2: A Conflict in the South Bronx

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.