Wars Without End

by Dan Brown in Nature, March 11, 2015

Intractable conflicts Nature art

Source: Jones, D. (2015). Conflict resolution: Wars without end. Nature, 519(7542), 148-150. doi:10.1038/519148a

Viewing intractable conflict as dynamic, complex systems resistant to change through traditional cause and effect planning processes received some visibility from author Dan Brown in an article in Nature’s March 12, 2015 issue. In sharing the need for a ‘fresh approach,’ the author gives a nod to the Innovation Lab and several Lab members including Rob Ricigliano, Peter Coleman and Andrea Bartoli as well as other colleagues working in this area includingRobin Vallacher, Andrzej Nowak, Dean Pruitt, Naira Musallam and the Berghof Foundation. In the three-page article, Dan Brown notes the application of computational models, agent based simulations, and the importance of visualization tools to support a different understanding of these conflicts. Shifting from a ‘problem that needs to be fixed’ approach to an intervention that attempts to shift the dynamics was highlighted. He also noted, that we need to shift what success looks like, quoting Rob Ricigliano: “Success doesn’t mean that we’ve ended the conflict. …It means we’ve engaged a system so that violence declines over time.” (p. 150)

Jones, D. (2015). Conflict resolution: Wars without end. Nature, 519(7542), 148-150. doi:10.1038/519148a

Link: http://www.nature.com/news/conflict-resolution-wars-without-end-1.17070

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