CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Behavioral Repertoire in Conflict Escalation: Dimensions of Dispute and Conflict Escalation

Department

Department of Conflict Resolution Studies

Publication Date

5-21-2010

Publication Title

IACM 23rd Annual Conference Paper

First Page

1

Last Page

8

Abstract

Conflict escalation will be approached from a perspective of Dynamical Systems Theory. It is proposed that escalation and de-escalation of conflict result in changes of the ensemble of possible behaviors. We employ a combination of multidimensional scaling and network analysis to understand the dynamics of change of possible states accompanying changes in conflict intensity. The network is characterized by attractor driven dynamics in the sense that it converges in one of several possible configurations. This model represents one of possible interpretations of conflict as an attractor.

ORCID ID

0000-0002-9873-543X

DOI

10.2139/ssrn.1612351

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