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Group-Conflict Resolution: Sources of Resistance to Reconciliation

October 27, 2009

In her introductory article, special editor Erin Ann O’Hara sums up the contributions made by the issue:

“Scholars from several fields have concluded that group conflicts are in many ways similar to dyadic conflicts but that group conflicts present their own challenges for effective resolution. Group conflicts often require formal processes, from public hearings to TRCs to criminal tribunals, and they often require the intervention of third-party professionals. But leaders and advocates can play an important role in preparing the members of the group to transition from conflict back to peace. The articles and comments in this issue contribute in important ways to our understanding of the problem, but they represent only the beginning of a rich inquiry. Much more can be learned about these dynamics and the role (or lack thereof) of law and legal processes in helping to promote conflict resolution.”

Each of the articles is available online:


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