Edited by John Ishiyama, William J. Miller and Eszter Simon
Chapter 15: Teaching conflict and conflict resolution
Conflict is a central feature of the human experience. Conflict can be defined as a difference or incompatibility of interests and goals or a perception that such a divergence exists. It can also be defined as a struggle for power or over allocation of resources. Conflict can result from changes in the environment or the institutional context that alters the status quo. Conflict can be interpersonal or communal. It can unfold between social groups, between and within states, and between states and non-state actors. How it manifests is equally varied and spans the gamut from verbal altercations like those that take place on a daily basis in the U.S. Congress, to mass demonstrations and clashes with police, such as those that took place in Gazi Park in Istanbul during spring 2013, to the violence that has engulfed many northern Mexican cities where drug cartels fight for control of this lucrative business, to the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan.
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