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date: 27 February 2024

Intractable Conflict and Peacemaking from a Socio-Psychological Approachlocked

Intractable Conflict and Peacemaking from a Socio-Psychological Approachlocked

  • Soli VeredSoli VeredSchool of Education, Tel Aviv University
  •  and Daniel Bar-TalDaniel Bar-TalProfessor Emeritus, School of Education, Tel Aviv University


Intractable conflicts are demanding, stressful, painful, exhausting, and costly in both human and material terms. To adapt to these conditions, societies that are engaged in protracted, violent conflict develop an appropriate socio-psychological infrastructure that eventually becomes the foundation for the development of culture of conflict. The infrastructure fulfills important functions for the societies involved but can be a major socio-psychological barrier to peaceful resolution of the conflict. Transforming the nature of the relations between two societies that were in hostile and violent rivalry requires a dramatic societal change, replacing the socio-psychological repertoire among society members and establishing a new culture of peace. Peacemaking is a slow, arduous process; however, if successful, the previous rivals may establish stable and lasting peaceful relations.


  • Contentious Politics and Political Violence
  • Groups and Identities
  • Political Psychology

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