IPCR Careers: Mediation and Conflict Resolution
Mediation, the ability to bring together two or more sides of a complex and potentially protracted or heated conflict in order to arrive at a solution to the problem at hand, is an often-underrated skill. However, recent events on the both world and the local domestic stage have highlighted a dramatic and increased awareness of the need for this skill. Mediation is not simply about compromise or capitulation. Rather, mediation is taking two or more parties from their own viewpoints of a conflict to a distinct, different and potentially neutral viewpoint, alleviating the ‘zero-sum’ game that can often result from either formal judicial proceedings or heated conflict itself. Mediation is actively employed everywhere from environmental and land resource management on a local level, to complex power-sharing configurations on an international scale. IPCR graduates typically involve themselves in mediation-centered careers such as community development, intercultural relations, environmental conflict management, and inter-ethnic dialogue projects.