Dealing with Intractable Conflict

Louis Kriesberg

Professor Emeritus, Sociology, University of Syracuse; author of numerous books on intractable conflict

Interviewed by Julian Portilla, 2003

This rough transcript provides a text alternative to audio. We apologize for occasional errors and unintelligible sections (which are marked with ???).

It occurs to me that in these recent years, that whenever things look particularly awful in the world, somebody would come up to me and say, "Well, what would you do NOW, you conflict resolver?" My usual response is, "Why didn't you ask me 10 years ago?" with the implication that things are a mess now, but they are a mess for reasons that have developed over a long period of time, which should have been looked at and attended to. If you had paid better attention to what some of us were saying, they would have been better attended to.