Conflict evolution: tracking the Middle East conflict with drama theory

BRYANT, James (2014). Conflict evolution: tracking the Middle East conflict with drama theory. Group Decision and Negotiation, 23 (6), 1263-1279.

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The situation in the Middle East has developed through an episodic process in which the protagonists have periodically changed the 'game' that they are playing by inventing new options, seeking to eliminate the options available to others, or by raising or eliminating doubts in the minds of others about their intentions. Such conflict evolution is readily captured by the framework of drama theory which goes some way to explaining the pressures motivating such actions. This paper traces the recent development of relations between the Israelis and the Palestinians through a succession of drama theoretic models. The importance of taking note of interactions at several levels is highlighted: stalemate at one level may be dislodged by actions taken in others. It is concluded that any resolution of the confrontations in the Middle East is likely to require the active involvement of the international community but may be destabilised by pressure from internal factions within the key parties.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > People, Work and Organisation
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Page Range: 1263-1279
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2014 14:25
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 23:30

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