What We Don't Know Can Help Us: Eliciting Out-of-Discipline Knowledge for Work with Intractable Conflicts
In this article, the authors present the results of a study in which a diverse variety of experts in fields outside the traditional conflict domain were interviewed about their ideas regarding intractable conflicts. The purpose of this study was to gather frame-breaking insights and practical approaches that could shed new light on complex, persistent conflict that has been particularly resistant to resolution. The authors argue that outsiders to the field are more likely to provide fresh perspective and radical approaches to the conflict field’s most intransigent problems because they are not constrained by the field’s pre-existing normative frames. This article examines some of their findings—from ideas on how globalization has exacerbated intractable conflicts, to ways that Biblical metaphors can be used to promote reconciliation, to an analysis of how philosophical concepts such as morality and impartiality can be used to produce fair outcomes, to ideas on the creation of an independent, international regional facilitation corps. In addition to a summary of content findings, methodological recommendations for future similar studies are offered.
Goldman, Jennifer and Coleman, Peter T.
"What We Don't Know Can Help Us: Eliciting Out-of-Discipline Knowledge for Work with Intractable Conflicts,"
Peace and Conflict Studies: Vol. 13
, Article 3.
Available at: https://nsuworks.nova.edu/pcs/vol13/iss2/3