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“Intractable Conflict” — Essay #2 — Walking Egg

Picture of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. from: PWCD - Social Conflicts.

Opinion

Written by: m.wilson

The second of three essays on Grasping the Nettle, Cases of Intractable Conflict (2005) — Crocker, Hampson, Aall.

“Intractability is a quality of particular social conflicts.”

The recent reproductive rights conflict feels intractable, though technically it may not be. The authors state that the five characteristics identifying an intractable conflict (each of them not causal but processual) include 1). A protracted amount of time — how about, abortion debates for over a century. Reproductive rights arguments have gone on without resolution for a time longer than the book’s example of the Turkish-Cypress invasion in 1974, which took place following the British, Greek, and Turkish-Cypriot resolution of independence in 1960. 2). Identity designation — women are the only afflicted party, though the argument institutes a second designation representing symbiotic growth. 3). Conflict profitability — perhaps not fully known, though there is undoubtedly a profit to be gained from tax payments, work for hire, and from other such subjected persons. 4). Absence of ripeness/stalemates — perhaps this is the way there is no gray area between discontinuing a pregnancy and carrying it to term (at this time). Both seem to be absolute.

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