Complexity and Intractable Conflict for Journalists

Applied ICDRipley, Amanda. (27 June 2018). Complicating the narratives. Solutions Journalism.

This is a helpful concrete article by a journalist who underwent training in conflict resolution, focusing on intractable conflict, explicitly intended for journalists but useful to many others as well. The short version of the conclusion is the need to “revive complexity in a time of false simplicity.” Read the article to learn more.

Additional resources on conflict resolution and intractable conflict: Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue include short explanations of Intractable Conflict, Ethno-Political ConflictIntergroup Relations (IGR) Dialogue, Dialogic Civility, Dialogic ListeningConflict Management, Peacebuilding, Conflict Transformation, and Negotiation, among others, and all provide further readings.

Key Concept #32: Ethno-Political Conflict by Don Ellis

Key Concepts in ICDThe next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. This is KC32: Ethno-Political Conflict by Donald G. Ellis. As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists organized  chronologically by publication date and numberalphabetically by concept in English, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.


Ellis, D. (2014). Ethno-political conflict. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 32. Available from:

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue publishes a series of short briefs describing Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue. Different people, working in different countries and disciplines, use different vocabulary to describe their interests, yet these terms overlap. Our goal is to provide some of the assumptions and history attached to each concept for those unfamiliar with it. Prior concepts are available on the main publications page. As there are other concepts you would like to see included, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. If there are concepts you would like to prepare, provide a brief explanation of why you think the concept is central to the study of intercultural dialogue, and why you are the obvious person to write up that concept.

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