Select a real conflict from your own community or region
- Select a real conflict from your own community or region. The conflict can be within an organization, between two groups, or within the community as a whole. It must contain cross-cultural variables. It should not, however, be a personal conflict within your family or group of friends.
- Conduct research into the stakeholders involved and history and sources of the conflict. In a real-life conflict scenario, you would have the opportunity to meet at least one party to the conflict during this stage. This may not be possible; utilize news outlets, community message boards, or other resources as necessary to aid your fact finding.
- Consider which forms of conflict resolution would be most effective in this conflict.
In a 10- to 12-page paper, address the following:
- Briefly describe the conflict and stakeholders involved. Include a brief history of the conflict from its inception to its current status.
- Describe the sources of the conflict.
- Identify and analyze cultural aspects of the conflict, and propose strategies for addressing cultural barriers to effective communication or resolution.
- Evaluate the ethical implications of intervening in this conflict, and propose strategies for avoiding or addressing any potential ethical pitfalls.
- Identify what form of conflict resolution (negotiation, mediation, arbitration) would be (or would have been) most effective for resolving this conflict, and explain why. Explain what conflict theories, dynamics, or frameworks apply to this conflict.
- Create procedures for dealing with future conflicts with this same party(ies), concerning the same or a similar issue/subject matter.
Your paper should be 10–12 pages (not including your title page and reference list) and must incorporate at least five peer-reviewed sources in addition to the required textbook readings for this course.