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The Five Percent Solution: Finding Solutions to Seemingly Impossible Conflicts



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One in every twenty difficult conflicts ends up grinding to a halt. That's fully 5 percent of not just the diplomatic and political clashes we read about in the newspaper, but disputations and arguments from our everyday lives as well. Once we get pulled into these self-perpetuating conflicts it is nearly impossible to escape. The 5 percent rule us. So what can we do when we find ourselves ensnared? According to Dr. Peter T. Coleman, the solution is in seeing our conflict anew. Applying lessons from complexity theory to examples from both American domestic politics and international diplomacy--from abortion debates to the enmity between Israelis and Palestinians--Coleman provides innovative new strategies for dealing with intractable disputes. A timely, paradigm-shifting look at conflict, The Five Percentis an invaluable guide to preventing even the most fractious negotiations from foundering.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Problem: Impossible Conflicts
Conflict Resolution Methods That Work-and Why They Do Not Help with the 5 Percentp. 15
The 5 Percent Problemp. 26
The Approach: The Attraction of Impossible Conflicts
The Big Idea: Complexity, Coherence, and Conflictp. 49
The Model: Intractable Attractorsp. 77
The Method: Resolving Impossible Conflicts
Getting Unattracted to Conflict: Three Practicesp. 111
Complicate to Simplifyp. 116
Build Up and Tear Downp. 146
Change to Stabilizep. 171
The 5 Percent Solution: Putting It All Together
Realizing the Impossible in Mozambique and Beyondp. 187
Conclusionp. 218
The Attractor Softwarep. 225
Analytical Contentsp. 231
Columbia University's International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (ICCCR)p. 243
Notesp. 247
Indexp. 261
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