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Intractable conflict

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An intractable conflict is designated as such due to the fact that it is hard to control or deal with. Intractable conflicts usually are characterized by the following variables:

  • Prolonged in duration,
  • Cultural/Religious,
  • Ethnical,
  • Open-end agreements,
  • Equal power distribution,
  • Unwillingness to compromise,
  • Emotional,
  • Unreliable,
  • No control over the bureaucracy,
  • More gain from prolonging the conflict than resolving it,


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