Intractable conflicts are conflicts that have proven persistent, particularly destructive and resistant to change. It is estimated that around 5 % of the world’s major conflicts are of this type. Recently, scholars at Columbia University have begun to use the models of dynamical system and complexity theory to analyze and understand intractable conflicts. Check out these excellent and very friendly vids – courtesy of Peter Coleman and his team – introducing the application of DST to ICs.
For a detailed introduction into the way dynamical system theory is being used to study intractable conflicts click here.