Intractable Conflicts

Eran Halperin, Aharon Levy

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Intractable conflicts are high-intensity, prolonged, violent conflicts that are perceived as irresolvable by the parties involved in them. These conflicts are usually characterized by self-perpetuating cycles in which sociopsychological infrastructures developed to assist the societies in conflict to cope with their harsh reality actually end up deepening the presence of the conflict in the collective psyche. This entry provides an overview of the features that comprise intractable conflicts and describes the sociopsychological infrastructures that constitute the self-perpetuating culture of conflict.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior
EditorsFathali M. Moghaddam
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
StatePublished - 2017


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