Playing a role in an escalating conflict

We are in a workshop called “Training in Advocacy and Reporting Strategies.” The IWPR (Institute for War and Peace Reporting) is implementing the workshop for UN Women as part of an initiative called “Women Connected for Peace—The Voice of Change.” Six participants from Georgia as well as four from the conflict zones of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have traveled to Yerevan, Armenia.

On the morning of the first day, professor Revaz Jorbenadze asks us to participate in a practical exercise in conflict escalation. We must create a conflict scenario and play different roles. Here’s our scenario—a man and his friends are drinking beer while watching a soccer match (during the workshop period, the Euro 2012 championship has been grabbing the attention of millions of soccer fans, including me). The man allows his 14-year-old son to drink beer, and when the wife/mother returns, she is upset. As the family conflict grows louder and louder, neighbors complain. Then someone suggests breaking a neighbor’s window in retaliation. Reva used the exercise to discuss conflict resolving theory and strategies of behavior in conflict situations.

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Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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