Getting Past “Culture Clash”: Sources, Escalation and Interventions for Deep- Rooted Conflict

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2002-02-19

Authors

Morris, Catherine

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University of Victoria, Division of Continuing Studies

Abstract

This chapter proposes a framework for considering and responding to the current public discourse about the events of September 11, 2001, and about political activities defined as "terrorism." The chapter first considers and challenges several alternative stories about the definition and roots of "terrorism." Second, the chapter reframes "terrorism" as highly escalated moral conflict in which all parties to the violence claim the ethical high ground in the justification of force. Third, the chapter summarizes some ways conflict emerges and escalates toward intense violence. Finally, the chapter points to several basic approaches to conflict intervention, including power-based, rights-based, interest-based, and relational approaches. The chapter concludes that for a response to be stable over time, power-based approaches need to be nested within international human rights and founded in approaches that emphasize human flourishing and the building or restoration of relationships.

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Presented as part of the Lecture Series on Responses to Terrorism: An Analysis, held at the University of Victoria, February 19, 2002 and later published as a chapter in In Responses to Terrorism: An Analysis (ISBN 1550582631)

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Morris, C. (2002). Getting Past “Culture Clash”: Sources, Escalation & Interventions for Deep Rooted Conflict. In Responses to Terrorism: An Analysis (pp. 1-44). Victoria, BC: University of Victoria, Division of Continuing Studies.