Resolving Intractable Conflicts: The Importance of Interfaith Dialogue

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Are all conflicts the same? Can mediation manage all types of conflicts effectively? Or are some conflicts more resistant to conflict management than others? This chapter will attempt to answer these questions, in the first part of it, by looking at the impact of mediation on the resolution of intractable conflicts. While a number of studies have sought to address the duration of long-standing conflicts, it is clear that intractable conflicts require deeper study concerning the reasons for their emergence and how to terminate them. This chapter, therefore, will articulate at the beginning the components of a conceptual framework of intractable conflicts and examine the effects of mediation in attempting to resolve them. Then it will proceed to advocate for an approach that promotes interfaith dialogue as a means to bridge trust gaps in intractable conflicts. Finally, it will apply the approach in one such conflict – the Israel-Palestine dispute.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntercultural and Interfaith Dialogues for Global Peacebuilding and Stability
EditorsSamuel Peleg
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9781522575856
StatePublished - 2019


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