Professionals often have checklists and protocols to help them think clearly and effectively under stress. You may be familiar with the military estimate or appreciation, or police tools for rapid crime scene analysis or witness network assessment. This week aims to provide you with a simple set of protocols for a hasty conflict analysis.
There are three steps, and you should be able to do a preliminary analysis of a conflict in an hour, on six pieces of paper. The three steps are:
1. do a chronology
2. take a snapshot of the present, analyzing the actors, attractors, and dividers
3. do a value map (cognitive affective map)
If this works well for you, we’ll spend more time doing this during the remainder of the course. You can do it in layers, repeatedly for aspects of the same conflict, e.g. Israeli-Palestinian conflict at different times and places, over different issues, drawing on different sources.
On completing this Lesson, you should be able to: