Conflict can either destroy or create - depending on whether and how it is guided. This is the simple yet profound insight that underlies Jay Rothman
's innovative new framework for understanding and transforming identity-based conflict. Grounded in his grassroots conflict resolution work in the Middle East - work that earned him the honor of witnessing the historic White House handshake between Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO President Yasser Arafat - and brilliantly refined to address a wide range of organizational and community conflicts, Rothman's ARIA model is a versatile and innovative synthesis of the best contemporary ideas in conflict management, resolution, and transformation. Step by step, Resolving Identity-Based Conflict traces the ARIA journey through Antagonism, Resonance, Invention, and Action in a variety of environments. In straightforward, jargon-free language, Rothman conveys solid theoretical insights and practical how-to's that allow researchers and practitioners to recognize the crucial differences between identity- and resource-based conflicts, zero in on the needs and motivations shared by even the bitterest of adversaries, create joint agendas for groups in conflict, and transform intragroup and intergroup conflicts in organizations of every kind.
Unleash Conflict's Creative Potential
Absolutely essential reading for anyone interested in identity conflicts and how to overcome them. Provides a fascinating theoretical introduction to the phenomena, detailed case study experiences, and a final training guide for practitioners...a landmark work.
—Kevin Clements, director, Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
Presenting a brilliant new approach to conflict resolution that will intrigue and inform practitioners and scholars alike. Writing from his remarkable range of academic and real-world experiences—including his historic work in bringing Israel and the PLO to the negotiation table—Rothman shows how identity-based conflict can be managed so that both parties reach a higher ground than either could have found on its own. His vehicle is his ARIA model, and here he traces the ARIA process through Antagonism, Resonance, Invention, and Action, demonstrating step-by-step how it can be applied in a variety of environments. Complete with field-tested assessment instruments and action plans, Resolving Identity-Based Conflict is a seamless union of theory and practice anyone seeking to turn the passion of conflict into the fuel of creativity can use.
JAY ROTHMAN Ph.D., is a conflict resolution theorist and practitioner with twenty years of experience. As a facilitator, consultant, trainer, and educator, he has worked with diplomats from dozens of countries, business executives, union leaders, opposing leaders of embattled ethnic groups, school boards and superintAndents, community activists, and students from around the world. He is currently a visiting scholar and associate professor at the masters of arts program in conflict resolution at Antioch University. The author lives near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania