Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking

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Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking Conflict seems like an inevitable part of life, it is played out in our everyday lives or as one can see from the unrelenting updates on major conflicts that are played out around the world. Conflict begins when two or more people, groups or countries interact and their goals and ideas come into conflict with the others (Myers, 2010). They may also have different views, different ideologies, etc., and these views and ideologies are somehow seen as a threat and responses can bring about dissent, disagreement and strife. Conflicts that are destructive will go beyond the issue and snowball out of control if not resolved and can have devastating results like the conflicts in Syria, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Africa, and several other countries. The toll is high in these conflicts as innocent lives are lost and the country’s infrastructure crumbles. Conflict can also exact a high toll in our personal lives but conflict can also bring about “involvement, commitment, and caring” (Myers, 2010, p. 484). Conflict must be understood so that misunderstanding in families, among friends, co-workers, and groups can be effectively resolved, while oppression, and tyranny in countries can be put to an end and a renewal of relationships can begin (Myers, 2010). According to Ross (2000), conflict resolution is a formidable undertaking. As we witness present day conflicts played out around the world, and within communities and societies we realize that conflict resolution and peacemaking sometimes seems next to impossible. There are diverse elements which contribute to this formidable task. Culture, ethnicity, splinter groups, and factions with various leaders all who have different demands and who are unable to come together in unity for the good of the people and the country are all defining elements. In interpersonal conflict Vuchinich (1990)

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