Topic Guide on Conflict

TitleTopic Guide on Conflict
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleOverview of key topics, prepared by GSDRC / University of Birmingham
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsHaider, H
Number of Pages157 pp.
PublisherGovernance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC), University of Birmingham
Accession Number1541

Conflict is inherent in all societies and arises when two or more groups believe their interests are incompatible. 'Conflict' is not, however, interchangeable with 'violence'. Non-violent resolution is possible when individuals and groups have trust in their governing structures, society and institutions to manage incompatible interests. Conflict becomes a problem when this trust and respective conflict management capacities are absent and conflicting parties choose instead to resort to the use of force to secure their goals.
Violent conflict is the subject of this topic guide. The guide provides an overview of key topics ranging from the causes, dynamics and impacts of conflict to options for interventions to prevent, manage and respond to conflict.

  • It is divided into five main parts:
  • Chapter 1: Understanding violent conflict
  • Chapter 2: Living in conflict affected areas: focus on women, children and youth
  • Chapter 3: Preventing and managing violent conflict
  • Chapter 4: Recovering from violent conflict
  • Chapter 5: Intervening in conflict-affected areas

The guide highlights key issues and debates for each topic covered and identifies relevant references. Clicking on the link in a document title will take the reader to a more extensive summary in the GSDRC document library, which includes a direct link to the original document.

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