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Intractable conflict as a complex phenomenon

Introduction Intractable conflict is a protracted, destructive social situation wherein generations are born into the reality of a violent struggle. The phenomenon seems to operate as a destructive, evolutionary mechanism subject to a general rule: every element that benefits the conflict survives, while whatever operates against it becomes extinct. Indeed, almost every attempt to solve conflicts like the Palestinian-Israeli struggle creates new problems, which in turn generally lead to failure, regression, and collapse. To stop the destructive evolutionary progression, a revolutionary process is required. The question is: How to design, implement, and understand such a process?