A Systemic Approach to Conflict Transformation. Exploring Strengths and Limitations

TitleA Systemic Approach to Conflict Transformation. Exploring Strengths and Limitations
Publication TypeBook
Subtitle / Series TitleNew Volume in the Berghof Handbook Dialogue Series
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsKörppen, D, Schmelzle, B, Wils, O
VolumeBerghof Handbook Dialogue Series No. 6
PublisherBerghof Conflict Research
Accession Number1123

Systemic Conflict Transformation, or SCT, attempts to combine best practice in conflict transformation with systemic models of social relations, drawing on methodologies from various other disciplines, such as family therapy, change management, organisational development and cybernetics. In our dialogue, the exposition of a systemic approach in the context of Sri Lanka is discussed by five international experts. They reflect, among other things, on additional tools and techniques, comparative experiences in Nepal and Kenya and the general added value and utility of systemic conflict transformation.

Table of Contents:
Daniela Körppen and Beatrix Schmelzle - Introduction
Norbert Ropers - Systemic Conflict Transformation: Reflections on the Conflict and Peace Process in Sri Lanka (also available in Spanish)
Friedrich Glasl - Enriching Conflict Diagnosis and Strategies for Social Change: A Closer Look at Conflict Dynamics
Günther Baechler - "Emerging Archetypes": A Comparison of Patterns of the Peace Processes in Sri Lanka and Nepal
Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu - A Sri Lankan Perspective on Systemic Conflict Transformation
Dekha Ibrahim Abdi - Working for Peace in Conflict Systems in Kenya: Addressing the Post-Election Crisis 2008
Dan Smith - Systemic Conflict Transformation: Reflections on Utility
Norbert Ropers - Perspectives for the Further Development of Systemic Conflict Transformation. A Concluding Reflection