This introductory chapter discusses the role of cultural difference in the global conflict resolution movement. In practice, conflict resolution is a broad movement taking in a range of processes from mediation and facilitation to analytical workshops and conciliation. The breadth of the field makes definition difficult, but conflict resolution can be approximated as the effort to pursue the collaborative, informal, and non-coercive processing of conflict. The chapter looks at the colonial framing of prevailing conflict resolution practices and presents the more neglected approaches to conflict resolution, before turning to the possibility of opening up a dialogue between these two approaches. It outlines the challenges to such an undertaking, and attempts to find ways to meet these challenges.
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