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New publications from the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution.

Making Conflict Work

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Every workplace is a minefield of conflict, and each day brings new challenges. How do you launch a new product when your team can’t agree on a basic concept? What do you do when a promotion turns your peers into your direct reports? How do you move ahead when you and your boss don’t see eye-to-eye? Peter T. Coleman and Robert Ferguson, leading experts in the field of conflict resolution, argue that every conflict is shaped by the same inescapable force: power. To turn any conflict to your advantage, you must first understand the true power dynamics at play. Making Conflict Work teaches you how to identify the nature of a conflict, determine your power position relative to your adversaries, and enact the best tactical approach for achieving your goals.

ISBN-13: 978-0544148390
304 pages
September 2014, ©2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice, 3rd Edition

Editors: Peter T. Coleman, Morton Deutsch, Eric C. Marcus

Handbook CoverWritten for both the seasoned professional and the student who wants to deepen their understanding of the processes involved in conflicts and their knowledge of how to manage them constructively, this book provides an understanding for managing conflicts at all levels—interpersonal, intergroup, organizational, and international. Each chapter focuses around a central case or illustration of the practice with a discussion for both training and direct intervention.  This new edition includes companion downloadable chapters and new information on conflict resolution and IT, social networks, schools, families, environment and much more.

ISBN: 978-1-118-52686-6
1136 pages
March 2014, ©2014, Jossey-Bass

Available at Wiley

Attracted to Conflict: Dynamic Foundations of Destructive Social Relations

Authors: Robin R. Vallacher, Peter T. Coleman, Andrzej Nowak, Lan Bui-Wrzosinska, Larry Liebovitch, Katharina Kugler, Andrea Bartoli

This is a book about conflict. But it is also a book about essential features of human nature that are expressed in every type of human interaction. In an even broader sense, this is a book about the basic processes that link conflict to a vast array of phenomena in the physical world. These seem like incompatible agendas. Conflict is not the only way humans interact, after all, and the conflicts that define human interactions would seem to have little in common with things like weather patterns, landslides, or bacterial growth. But as we shall see, science in recent years has exposed a set of basic operating rules that connect processes of all kinds in physical and social reality. This synthetic view is more than an abstraction; to the contrary, breakthroughs in mathematics, empirical methodology, and computer simulations have enabled scientists to identify the ways in which common processes and properties are manifest in very different phenomena. Our aim is to describe this new perspective and shine its concepts, methods, and tools on the recurrent and all-important issue of conflict in interpersonal, intergroup, and international relations. Continue reading

Psychological Components of Sustainable Peace

Editors: Peter T. Coleman and Morton Deutsch

Scholarship on the psychology of peace has been accumulating for decades. The approach employed has been predominantly centered on addressing and preventing conflict and violence and less on the conditions associated with promoting peace. Concerns around nuclear annihilation, enemy images, discrimination, denial of basic human needs, terrorism and torture have been the focal points of most research. The Psychological Components of a Sustainable Peace moves beyond a prevention-orientation to the study of the conditions for increasing the probabilities for sustainable, cooperative peace. Such a view combines preventative scholarship with a promotive-orientation to the study of peaceful situations and societies. Continue reading

Conflict, Interdependence, and Justice: The Legacy of Morton Deutsch

Editor: Peter T. Coleman

Morton Deutsch is internationally known for his pioneering theoretical and research contributions relating to cooperation, conflict resolution, prejudice, social justice, and peace. This book collects six of Morton Deutsch’s most influential papers, which together analyze essential issues in social relations and identify conditions necessary for addressing them constructively. Complementary chapters by top contemporary scholars in the conflict resolution/social justice/social interdependence field imbue these works with particular relevance for today and situate the original papers in the context of the existing state of scholarship. Continue reading

The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts

Author: Peter T. Coleman

One in every twenty difficult conflicts ends up not in a calm reconciliation or tolerable standoff but as an acute and lasting antagonism. Such conflicts—the five percent—can be found among the diplomatic and political clashes we read about every day in the newspaper but also, and in a no less damaging and dangerous form, in our private and personal lives, within families, in workplaces, and among neighbors. These self-perpetuating conflicts resist mediation, defy conventional wisdom, and drag on and on, worsening over time. Once we get pulled in, it is nearly impossible to escape. The five percent rule us. Continue reading