Conflict Assessment and Analysis

"Conflict analysis is the systematic study of conflict in general and of individual or group conflicts in particular. Conflict analysis provides a structured inquiry into the causes and potential trajectory of a conflict so that processes of resolution can be better understood. For specific conflicts, the terms conflict assessment or conflict mapping are sometimes used to describe the process of identifying the stakeholders, their interests and positions,and the possibility for conflict management" (USIP, 2011:15). In practice, the challenge is how to engage in conflict analysis as an intervention geared at stimulating and supporting multiple stakeholder dialogue around conflicts.

"What emerges from the articles is that policy options discussed by decision makers inside and outside Somalia are based primarily on global and regional security concerns. They tend to overlook the local complexities and the potential for nonviolent conflict transformation that exist in the context. In particular, the

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