3.29 - Roadblocks to Managing/Resolving Conflicts...

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Roadblocks to Managing/Resolving Conflicts Disputants have no interest in working together Stakes are higher: high costs and high benefits Disputants see compromise as more costly than conflict Disputants commit themselves to personal bargaining : identifying and pursuing only one desirable outcome Disputants have entrenched views of each other as enemies Issues or disputants’ goals are: Zero-sum in nature: one actor’s gain means another’s loss Based on identity, core values, territory, or deep-seated ideas o Note : resolution is less difficult when issues are non-zero sum : mutual gain is possible (e.g. economics) Disputants are unable or unwilling to: Share information about intentions and capabilities Credibly commit to upholding agreements Guarantee that they will not attack in the future or while the other is demobilizing its armed forces No or small Zone of Agreement (ZOA) : distance between what each disputant feels is the least beneficial, yet still unacceptable outcome Some would say that a conflict must be “ripe” for resolution to occur. Ripeness:
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3.29 - Roadblocks to Managing/Resolving Conflicts...

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