Interactable Conflict: The Israel-Palestinian Conflict and Jerusalem Issue Examined.

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Title: Interactable Conflict: The Israel-Palestinian Conflict and Jerusalem Issue Examined.
Authors: Tubman, Derek Thomas
Date: 2012
Abstract: The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is intractable, given its long-lasting nature and its resistance to resolution. This paper unpacks the notion of intractable conflict. Attributing intractability to ancient hatreds, or other meta-narratives, is not sufficient. Rather, these conflicts are rooted in issues of resource competition, and in turn the threats to socio-economic and personal security, lack of potential prosperity, and political restriction that the resulting conflict engenders and feeds from. This paper points to both the Palestinian- Israeli conflict in general, as well as the specific issue of Jerusalem, to demonstrate that the efforts of the international community have fundamentally failed to bring about resolution to the conflict. This essay argues that the efforts of the international community have been excessively state-centric in nature, focusing on issues of borders and political arrangement. To reach a resolution to this conflict, the efforts of the international community need to target the people, namely the Palestinians, through efforts to provide physical safety, economic/political opportunity, and an overall sense of future prosperity. Efforts must provide a positive impetus not to engage in conflict for the populace in order to disempower the cyclical nature of intractable conflict. Further research is required to understand the motivation of empowered actors to continuously engage in conflict, though it is suspected that the drivers are also resource and socio-economically based. The understanding of intractable conflict presented in this paper would benefit from additional vetting against other notable areas of intractable conflict around the world.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/23880
CollectionAffaires publiques et internationales - Mémoires // Public and International Affairs - Research Papers
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