Intractable Conflicts: The Future of Interactive Problem-Solving (IPS) Workshops in Theory and Practice

September 18–19, 2015

This conference is closed to the public.

This conference builds on the wide range of developments to Interactive Problem Solving (IPS) over the past decades, and addresses the challenges facing it. The sustainability of interactive problem solving (conflict resolution) and its continuing application to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and other conflicts is of paramount importance. There are many issues preventing the implementation of IPS programs, and even though the method is well represented in the academic literature, the actual frequency and success of implementation is less well known. The workshop-style conference brings together 15–20 scholars and practitioners in order to have an in-depth discussion and exchange about the issues raised in the 2014 conference titled, “The Transformation of Intractable Conflicts: Perspectives and Challenges for Interactive Problem Solving.” Conference participants assess the current state of IPS, and identify strategies for how to maintain and increase the practice—including the training of current and future practitioners.


Herbert C. Kelman

Faculty Associate (emeritus). Richard Clarke Cabot Research Professor of Social Ethics, Department of Psychology, Harvard University.

Augustin Nicolescou

Co-Director, Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation.

Jurgen Pirker

Assistant Professor, The University of Graz.


Herbert C. Kelman Institute for Interactive Conflict Transformation, the University of Graz, and the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation.

See also: Conferences, 2015