InterJournal Complex Systems, 2265
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [2265]
Submission Date: 20080226
Intractable Conflict as a Dynamical System
Author(s): Larry Liebovitch ,Robin Vallacher ,Andrzej Nowak ,Lan Bui-Wrzosinska

Subject(s): CX.4

Category: Article


We show how mathematical methods from complex systems can be used both as metaphors and mathematical equations to understand the nature of conflicts between individuals, groups, and nations and present novel methods for their resolution. The metaphorical approaches have been successful used as training materials for practical applications in conflict management. The mathematical model allows us to test the effects of specific social mechanisms in a conflict. In the model, the state of each group depends on its own state in isolation, its previous state in time, its inertia to change, and the influence from the other group. Each group can influence the other group either through positive or negative feedback. We show how the positive or negative feedback between the groups leads to different dynamics and steady states.

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