Resources on Intractable Conflict and Sustainable Peace as Complex Systems

Resources on Intractable Conflict and Sustainable Peace as Complex Systems

As our world becomes increasingly more complex, dynamic and unpredictable, our standard models and methods for conflict resolution become challenged or obsolete. This bibliography presents a a series of recent publications that combine insights from research in complexity science, psychology, and peace and conflict studies to offer new approaches for resolving conflict and promoting more constructive and peaceful relations in our rapidly changing world.

Bibliography - Intractable Conflict and Sustainable Peace as Complex Systems

  • Vallacher, R., Coleman, P. T., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., Kugler, K., Bartoli, A., & Liebovitch, L. (2013). Attracted to Conflict: Dynamic Foundations of Malignant Social Relations. Springer Books.
  • Coleman, P. T. & Deutsch, M. (2012). The Psychological Components of Sustainable Peace. Springer Books.
  • Coleman, P. T. (2011). The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to (Seemingly) Impossible Conflicts. New York: Public Affairs, Perseus Books.
  • Coleman, P. T., & Vallacher, R. R. (2010). Dynamical systems theory and conflict. Special Issue of Peace and Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology, 16(2).
  • Gray, B., Coleman, P. T., & Putnam, L. L. (2007). Intractable conflict: New perspectives on the causes and conditions for change. Special Issue of American Behavioral Scientist, 50(11).
  • Liebovitch, L., Coleman, P. T., and Fisher, J. (forthcoming). Approaches to Understanding Sustainable Peace: Qualitative Causal Loop Diagrams and Quantitative Mathematical Models. American Behavioral Scientist.
  • Coleman, P. T., Liebovitch, L. and Fisher, J. (forthcoming). Taking complex systems seriously: Visualizing and modeling the dynamics of sustainable peace. Global Policy.
  • Coleman, P. T. (2018). Conflict intelligence and systemic wisdom: Meta-competencies for engaging conflict in a complex, dynamic world. Negotiation Journal, 34, 1, pp. 7-35.
  • Coleman, P. T., Coon, D., Kim, R., Chung, C., Regan, B., Anderson. R., & Bass, B. (2017). Promoting constructive multicultural attractors: Fostering unity and fairness from diversity and conflict. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.
  • Levent, K., Kugler, K. G., Coleman, P. T. and Liebovitch, L. S. (2013). Behavioral and emotional dynamics of two people struggling to reach a consensus on a topic on which they disagree. PLOS ONE, January 10, 2014.
  • Vallacher, R., Coleman, P. T., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (2010).Rethinking intractable conflict: The perspective of dynamical systems. American Psychologist, 65 (4), 262-278.
  • Vallacher, R., Coleman, P. Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (2010). Dynamical foundations of intractable conflict: Introduction to the special issue. Peace and Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology, 16(2), 113-125.
  • Vallacher, R., Coleman, P. T., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (2010). Rethinking intractable conflict: The perspective of dynamical systems. American Psychologist, 65 (4), 262-278.
  • Vallacher, R., Coleman, P. Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (2010). Dynamical foundations of intractable conflict: Introduction to the special issue. Peace and Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology, 16(2), 113-125.
  • Praszkier, R., Nowak, A., and Coleman, P. T. (2010). Social entrepreneurs and constructive change: The wisdom of circumventing conflict. Peace and Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology, 16(2), 153-174.
  • Musallam, N., Coleman, P.T., and Nowak, A. (2010). Understanding the spread of malignant conflict: A dynamical-systems perspective. Peace and Conflict: The Journal of Peace Psychology 16(2), 127-151.
  • Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., Coleman, P. T., Vallacher, R., Borkovsky, W., and
  • Jochemczyk, L. (2010). Seeking sustainable solutions: Using an attractor simulation platform for
  • teaching multi-stakeholder negotiation. Negotiation Journal, 26(1), 49-68.
  • Coleman, P. T., Goldman, J., and Kugler, K. (2009). Emotional intractability: Gender, anger, aggression, and rumination in conflict. International Journal of Conflict Management, 20, 113-131.
  • Coleman, P. T., Hacking, A., Stover, M., Fisher-Yoshida, B, and Nowak, A. (2008). Reconstructing ripeness I: A study of constructive engagement in protracted social conflicts. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 26(1), 3-42.
  • Coleman, P. T., Fisher-Yoshida, B., Stover, M., Hacking, A., and Bartoli, A. (2008). Reconstructing ripeness II: Models and methods for fostering constructive stakeholder engagement across protracted divides. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 26(1), 43-69.
  • Liebovitch, L. S., Vallacher, R., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, and Coleman, Peter, T. (2008). Dynamics of two-actor cooperation-competition conflict models. Physica A.
  • Coleman, P. T., & Lowe, J. K. (2007). Conflict, identity, and resilience: Negotiating collective identities within the Palestinian and Israeli Diasporas. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 24(4), 377-412.
  • Coleman, P. T., Vallacher, R., Nowak, A., &Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (2007). Intractable conflict as an attractor: Presenting a dynamical model of conflict, escalation, and intractability. American Behavioral Scientist, 50(11), 1454-1475.
  • Gray, B., Coleman, P. T., & Putnam, L. L. (2007). Intractable conflict: New perspectives on the causes and conditions for change. American Behavioral Scientist, 50(11), 1415-1429.
  • Coleman, P. T. (2006) Conflict, complexity, and change: A meta-framework for addressing protracted, intractable conflicts – III. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 12(4), 325-348.
  • Coleman, P. T., Schneider, A., James, C. C. F., Adams, D. S., Gameros, T. A., Hammons, L. R., Orji, C. C., Waugh. R. M., & Wicker, R. F. (2005). Intragroup subgroup attitude clustering, external intervention, and intergroup interaction patterns: Toward a dynamical model of protracted intergroup conflict. Peace and Conflict Studies, 12(1), 55-70.
  • Coleman, P. T. (2004) Paradigmatic framing of protracted, intractable conflict: Towards the development of a meta-framework – II. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 10(3), 197-235.
  • Coleman, P. T. (2003). Characteristics of protracted, intractable conflict: Towards the development of a meta-framework – I. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 9(1), 1-Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
  • Fisher, J. and Coleman, P. T. (forthcoming). The fractal nature of intractable conflict: Implications for sustainable transformation. In L. Kriesberg, L. & C. Gerard (Eds.) Transforming Intractable Conflict. Rowman and Littlefield International.
  • Coleman, P.T., and Liebovitch, L.S. (forthcoming). Peacebuilding and sustaining peace through complexity and systems theory. Chapter for Zartman, W. I (Ed.), Processes of International Negotiation.
  • Liebovitch, L. S., Coleman, P. T., Futran, D., Lee, D., Lichter, T., Burgess, N., Maksumov, D.,&  Celine, R. (2018). Modeling the dynamics of sustainable peace. In U. Strawinska-Zanko & L. S. Liebovitch (Eds.) Mathematical Modeling of Social RelationshipsNew York: Springer, in press.
  • Coleman, P. T., and Ricigliano, R. (2017). Getting in Sync: What to do when problem solving fails to fix the problem. In A. Schneider & C. Honeyman (Eds.), The Negotiator’s Desk Reference (pp. ). Chicago: American Bar Association Books.
  • Coleman, P. T., Redding, N., & Fisher, J. (2017). Understanding Intractable Conflict. In A. Schneider & C. Honeyman (Eds.), The Negotiator’s Desk Reference (pp. ). Chicago: American Bar Association Books.
  • Coleman, P. T., Redding, N., & Fisher, J. (2017). Influencing Intractable Conflict. In A. Schneider & C. Honeyman (Eds.), The Negotiator’s Desk Reference (pp. ). Chicago: American Bar Association Books.
  • Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., Vallacher, R., & Coleman, P. T. (2012). Complexity and peace. In P. T. Coleman, M. and Deutsch (Eds.), Psychology’s Contributions to Sustainable Peace. Springer.
  • Vallacher, R., Coleman, P. T., & Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (2012). Why do conflicts become intractable? The dynamical perspective on malignant social relations. In L. R. Tropp (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Intergroup Conflict. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bui-Wrzosinska, L., Coleman, P. T., Vallacher, R., Nowak, A., & Bartoli, A. (2012). Moving from a system of war toward a system of peace: A dynamical systems perspective on peacemaking. In A. Bartoli, S. Allen-Nan (Eds.), Peacemaking.
  • Vallacher, R., Coleman, P. T., & Nowak. A. (2012). Dynamical systems theory: Applications to peace and conflict. In D. Christie and C. Montiel (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology. Wiley-Blackwell. Named American Library Association Outstanding Reference Source of 2013.
  • Coleman, P. T., Vallacher, R., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., & Bartoli, A. (2011). Navigating the landscape of conflict: Applications of dynamical systems theory to protracted social conflict. In Ropers, N. (Ed.), Systemic Thinking and Conflict Transformation. Berlin, Germany: Berghof Foundation for Peace Support.
  • Goldman, J., Coleman, P. T., and Kugler, K. (2011). Humiliation and protracted conflict: Theoretical, experimental, and methodological findings. In E. Lindner and Hartling, L. M. (Eds.), Humiliation and Human Dignity. Springer-Verlag.
  • Liebovitch, L. S., Vallacher, R. R., Nowak, A., Coleman, P. T., Bartoli, A., &Bui-Wrzosinska, L. (2011).  Mathematical models of the dynamics of conflict. In A. W. Davidson & M. A. Ray (Eds.), Nursing, caring and complexity science: for human-environment well-being.  New York: Springer.
  • Coleman, P. T., Vallacher, R., Nowak, A., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., Bartoli, A. (2009).A Systemic Approach to Peace: Lessons from Mozambique (In Arabic). In M. Deutsch, P. T. Coleman, and E. Marcus (Eds.) A Guiding Handbook for Conflict Resolution in The Arab World. New York: International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution Publications.
  • Nowak, A., Vallacher, R., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., &Coleman, P. T. (2006). Attracted to conflict: A dynamical perspective on malignant social relations. In A. Golec & K. Skarzynska (Eds.),Understanding social change: Political psychology in Poland. Haauppague NY: Nova Science Publishers Ltd.
  • Coleman, P. T., Bui-Wrzosinska, L., Vallacher, R., & Nowak, A. (2006). ApproachingProtracted Conflicts as Dynamical Systems: Guidelines and Methods for Intervention. In A.Schneider & C. Honeyman (Eds.), The Negotiator’s Fieldbook (pp. 61-74). Chicago: American Bar Association Books.
  • Coleman, P. T. (2018). Half the peace: The fear challenge and the case for promoting peace. Published in Courier on August 26, 2018. https://www.stanleyfoundation.org/articles.cfm?id=875&title=The-Good-of-Global-Governance
  • Coleman, P. T., and Donahue, J. (2018). Costa Rica: Choosing a path to peace. Published in Courier on August 26, 2018.  https://www.stanleyfoundation.org/articles.cfm?id=875&title=The- Good-of-Global-Governance
  • Coleman, P. T. (2018). Lawmakers, to repair our polarized Congress, make DC your home. Published in The Hill on May 16, 2018. http://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/388007-lawmakers- to-help-repair-our-polarized-congress-make-dc-your-home
  • Coleman, P. T. (2018). To Sustain Peace, UN Should Embrace Complexity and Be UN-Heroic. Posted on State of the Planet on March 22, 2018. http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/03/22/sustainable-peace-un-challenges/
  • Coleman, P. T., Douglas P. Fry, Larry S. Liebovitch, Jaclyn Donahue, Joshua Fisher, Beth Fisher-Yoshida, and Philippe Vandenbroeck (2018). The Science of Sustaining Peace: What the UN should learn about peaceful societies. Psychology Today, posted February 13, 2018. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-five-percent/201802/the-science-sustaining-peace
  • Coleman, P. T. (2017). Tired of Feeling Divided? What Americans can do to De-Polarize our Nation. Psychology Today, Posted Nov 09, 2017. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the- five-percent/201711/tired-feeling-divided
  • Coleman, P. T. (2017). A 10-point strategy for responding to sexual harassment: How to turn up the pressure on harassers. Psychology Today, Posted Oct 12, 2017. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-five-percent/201710/10-point-strategy-responding- sexual-harassment
  • Coleman, P. T. (2016). Conflict and Justice in Trump’s America: A nine-point strategy for resistance, resolution and reconciliation. Editorial opinion published in The Huffington Post and Psychology Today November 21, 2016. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/conflict-and- justice-in-donald-trumps-america-a-nine_us_583321bbe4b0d28e552152c7
  • Coleman, P. T. (2014). The power of moral complexity Editorial opinion published in The Huffington Post and Psychology Today September 17, 2014. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-t-coleman-phd/the-power-of-moral- comple_b_5836394.html
  • Coleman, P. T. (2012). The decade for peace in Israel-Palestine. Editorial opinion published in The Huffington Post and Psychology Today May 14, 2012.
  • http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-t-coleman-phd/the-decade-for-peace-in-i_b_1514383.html
  • Coleman, P. T. (2011). The mathematics of Middle East conflict and peace. Editorial opinion published in The Huffington Post, July 1, 2011. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-t-coleman- phd/the-mathematics-of-middle_b_887723.html
  • Coleman, P. T. (2011). Ethnic divisions and the fall of the Arab Spring: What’s in a name?. Editorial opinion published in The Huffington Post, June 10, 2011. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-t-coleman-phd/ethnic-divisions-and-the-_b_874771.html
  • Deutsch, M. & Coleman, P. T. (2011). Bottom-up peace. Editorial opinion published in The Huffington Post, April 22, 2011.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-t-coleman-phd/bottomup- peace_b_848164.html
  • Coleman, P. T., & Gratch, A. (2011). Give peace a (last) chance. Editorial opinion published in The Huffington Post, March 7, 2011.  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-t-coleman-phd/give- peace-a-last-chance_b_830420.html
  • Coleman, P. T. (2011). Washington is fixed and needs to be broken. Editorial opinion published in The Huffington Post, January 19, 2011. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-t-coleman- phd/washington-is-fixed-and-n_b_811307.html
  • New York Times:  https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/20/well/family/thanksgiving-partisan- politics-conversations- families.html?rref=collection/sectioncollection/well&action=click&contentCollection=well& region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionf ront
  • Wired:  https://www.wired.com/story/thanksgiving-fight-cant-win-but-you-can-survive/
  • BBC World News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SzgOkLP0mI&utm_source=ICCCR+Website&utm_campaign=fdabec2623- EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_12_20_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_430c22 b6d1-fdabec2623-104246073
  • BBC News Brazil:  https://www.bbc.com/portuguese/geral-46655506
  • YES! Magazine:  http://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/your-uncle-said-what-how-to- talk-about-social-justice-with-your-family-during-the-holidays-20171117
  • Solutions Journalism:  https://thewholestory.solutionsjournalism.org/complicating-the- narratives-b91ea06ddf63
  • The Guardian:  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/27/make-america-talk-again-how-to-bridge-the-partisan-divide
  • Chicago Tribune:  https://www.chicagotribune.com/lifestyles/ct-life-political-divide- breaking-bubble-20181108-story.html
  • Die Zeit:  http://icccr.tc.columbia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Zeit-article-translation-with-images-1.pdf
  • Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German):  https://sz-magazin.sueddeutsche.de/die-loesung-fuer-alles/so-streitet-man-richtig-86024
  • Danish Broadcasting Corporation (in Danish) Mark Lindved Norup. Discontinued: It’s
  • about talking rather than persuading.  https://www.dr.dk/nyheder/indland/uenige-sammen-det-handler-om-samtale-frem-overtale
  • O Globo (Brazil in Portuguese):  http://icccr.tc.columbia.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Revista-Epoca_Revista-Epoca-1068.pdf
  • Huffington Post Germany (in German): https://www.huffingtonpost.de/entry/das-ware-das- ende-von-amerika-unterwegs-in-einem-zerrissenen- land_de_5be454bfe4b0769d24ca6cbd?utm_hp_ref=de-homepage)
  • Nature:  https://www.nature.com/news/conflict-resolution-wars-without-end-1.17070
  • This American Life: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/453/nemeses
  • Efecto Naim (Colombia in Spanish): https://efectonaim.net/disputas-politicas-familiares/
  • Peace Talks Radio (KUNM): http://www.goodradioshows.org/peaceTalksL184.htm
  • https://icccr.tc.columbia.edu/polarization-and-intractable-conflict-interview/
  • Teachers College News:  https://www.tc.columbia.edu/articles/2018/june/journalist-amanda- ripley-consults-tcs-peter-coleman/
  • Critical Connections Amherst https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imPig1Woe7U#action=share
  • The Earth Institute State of the Planet blog:  https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/09/28/navigating-political-polarization-times- crisis-lessons-difficult-conversations-lab/
  • Columbia News https://news.columbia.edu/content/social-psychologist-studies-the-ins- and-outs-of-navigating-conflict
  • TEDx Miami talk on Why We Are Stuck: The Attraction of a Polarized America
  • (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdrdhU8WrfA ). Over 10K views.
  • Expert commentary on Facing Extremism, a Canadian documentary on the psychological dynamics of various forms of extremism (http://www.visiontv.ca/mini-series- show/facing-extremism/).
  • Media for The Five Percent: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts (2011) (http://www.fivepercentbook.com/media.html ).
  • Video series on Intractable Conflict (http://www.fivepercentbook.com/videos.html )
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