A Systemic Approach to Conflict Transformation

Handbook Dialogue No. 6

One of the most confounding challenges in contemporary peacebuilding and conflict transformation is to analyse and master the complexity of most conflict contexts. Norbert Ropers’ lead article lays out a rich array of systemic ideas originating from both research and practice, applied in the context of Sri Lanka. The respondents reflect, among other things, on additional tools and techniques, comparative experiences in Nepal and Kenya and the overall added value and utility of systemic conflict transformation.

  • Daniela Körppen, Beatrix Schmelzle & Oliver Wils (Eds.): A Systemic Approach to Conflict Transformation. Exploring Strengths and Limitations. 2008. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 6 - complete. Hardcopy >

Single contributions:

  • Daniela Koerppen & Beatrix Schmelzle: Introduction. 2008. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 6 - intro. PDF >
  • Norbert Ropers: Systemic Conflict Transformation. Reflections of the Conflict and Peace Process in Sri Lanka. 2008. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 6 - lead article. PDF >
  • Friedrich Glasl: Enriching Conflict Diagnosis and Strategies for Social Change: A Closer Look at Conflict Dynamics. 2008. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 6 - comment. PDF >
  • Guenther Baechler: "Emerging Archetypes": A Comparison of Patterns of the Peace Processes in Sri Lanka and Nepal. 2008. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 6 - comment. PDF >
  • Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu: A Sri Lanian Perspective on Systemic Conflict Transformation. 2008. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 6 - comment. PDF >
  • Dekha Ibrahim Abdi: Working for peace in Conflict Systems in Kenya: Addressing the Post-Election Crisis 2008. 2008. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 6 - comment. PDF >
  • Dan Smith: Systemic Conflict Transformation: Reflections on Utility. 2008. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 6 - comment. PDF >
  • Norbert Ropers: A Response to the Comments. 2008. Handbook Dialogue Series No. 6 - final reflection. PDF >

Also of interest:

  • Daniela Körppen, Norbert Ropers & Hans J. Giessmann (Eds.): The Non-linearity of Peace Processes. Theory and Practice of Systemic Conflict Transformation. 2011. Opladen & Farmington Hills: Barbara Budrich Publishers. Book >
  • Dev Raj Dahal & Chandra Dev Bhatta: The Relevance of Local Conflict Resolution Mechanisms for Systemic Conflict Transformation in Nepal. 2008. PDF >
  • Barbara Unger & Oliver Wils: Systemic Conflict Transformation and Inclusive Governance in Southern Sudan. 2007. PDF >
  • Oliver Wils & Barbara Unger: Systemic Conflict Transformation. Guiding Principles for Practitioners and Policy Makers working on Conflict. 2006. Berlin. Hardcopy >
  • Oliver Wils, Ulrike Hopp, Norbert Ropers, Luxshi Vimalarajah & Wolfram Zunzer: The Systemic Approach to Conflict Transformation. Concepts and Fields of Application. 2006. PDF >
  • Berghof Foundation for Peace Support (Ed.): Sudan - Conflict Analysis and Options for Systemic Conflict Transformation. A Northern and a Southern View . 2006. PDF >