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date: 08 March 2021

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The social-psychological approach to the nature and resolution of international conflict places emphasis on the perceptual and normative processes that contribute to conflict escalation and perpetuation, and is grounded in propositions about international conflict that go beyond the assertions of traditional analyses, particularly realism. This analysis has clear implications for the efficacy of methods for addressing international conflict, and supports the utility of interactive conflict resolution, as exemplified by the problem-solving workshop, for analyzing and resolving existential conflicts between identity groups that have an ethnopolitical or ideological character. A description of the assumptions and procedures of the problem-solving workshop is illustrated through three case applications on which the authors have worked. The conclusion acknowledges the potential of the method, while identifying a number of challenges confronting scholar-practitioners in the field of conflict analysis and resolution with particular reference to interactive conflict resolution.

Keywords: conflict analysis, conflict escalation, ethnopolitical conflict, interactive conflict resolution, problem-solving workshop

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