Topic Guide on Conflict
|Title||Topic Guide on Conflict|
|Subtitle / Series Title||Overview of key topics, prepared by GSDRC / University of Birmingham|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Number of Pages||157 pp.|
|Publisher||Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC), University of Birmingham|
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.
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.