Curve of Conflict
Conflict has its own dynamic, and it tends to escalate and recede over time. The curve of conflict* helps us to visualize how conflicts typically evolve over time and how different phases of conflict relate to one another. It is one way in which we can deconstruct the dynamic of conflict and seek to understand it and handle it more effectively. Along the curve, we can identify discrete stages where action can be taken to prevent, manage, or resolve conflict.
Earn a stamp for your Virtual Passport by clicking on the three phases of the Curve of Conflict below to learn more about prevention, crisis management, and peacebuilding and answering the associated question! For a glossary of related terms, see USIP’s Peace Terms.