The last three chapters have discussed a variety of ways of trying to deal with a range of issues and emotions which — to me at least — lie at the heart of any conflict’s intractability. I began with the argument that to end a conflict “for good and all” it was necessary to find a solution to the goal incompatibility that was the genesis, the starting point, for difficult, protracted, deep-rooted or intractable conflicts — whatever label one chose to attach to conflicts that proved to be highly resistant to resolution. Two chapters discussed different types of intractability, starting with the possibility that the complex dynamics of adversaries’ behaviour and accompanying attitudinal changes that took place as the conflict protracted — process reasons — were, in themselves, the reason for it becoming increasingly difficult to find some durable and acceptable solution. I then tried to show how the search for solutions in conflicts over scarcities, ostensibly indivisible goods, incommensurable belief systems and even “existences” were not quite as hopeless, at least in theory, as they might often appear.
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