Characteristics of Intractable Conflict

Dennis Sandole discusses the role of emotions in Intractable violent conflicts.
Dennis Sandole explains that importance of history, identity and emotion in many 'deep-rooted' or intractable conflicts.
Mari Fitzduff suggests that peacemaking efforts often proceed very slowly.
Pamela Aall, of the U.S. Institute of Peace, discusses the disagreement among scholars and practitioners regarding a definition of "intractability."
The third side can help prevent violence, but it does not resolve the conflict, cautions William Ury. Rather it provides a "container" in which the "lead of destructive conflict" is turned into the "gold of constructive confrontation."
In a heartfelt and inspiring way,William Ury observes that even the most seemingly intractable conflicts can be transformed and resolved.