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Pioneers in
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Edited by
Hans Günter Brauch,

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Free University of Berlin (Ret.)


Ronald J. Fisher: Ronald J. Fisher: A North American Pioneer in Interactive Conflict Resolution. Pioneers in Arts, Humanities, Science, Engineering, Practice No. 14 (Cham – Heidelberg – New York – Dordrecht – London: Springer International Publishing, 2017).

ISBN: 978-3-319-39036-9 (Hardcover)
ISBN: 978-3-319-39038-3 (EBook)
Doi: 10.1007/ 978-3-319-39038-3 _ (add chapter no.)

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On this Book

This edited volume provides selected articles and chapters focusing on Ronald Fisher's cumulative contributions to understanding destructive intergroup conflict from a social-psychological perspective and to the development and assessment of small group, interactive methods for its resolution. Highlights include schematic models of third party consultation, intergroup conflict, and a contingency approach to third party intervention. Overall, the selected texts provide a comprehensive description and a clear rationale for interactive conflict resolution and its unique contributions to peacemaking. Thus, the book:

  • Provides the most significant contributions of Ronald Fisher to the subfield of interactive conflict resolution.
  • Clearly places interactive conflict resolution in the broader domains of conflict resolution and peacemaking.
  • Articulates the important potential of interactive conflict resolution for contributing to a more peaceful world.

Tamra Pearson d’Estree: Ronald J. Fisher: Contributions of a Scholar-Practitioner to Conflict Analysis and Resolution – Ronald J. Fisher: Advancing the Understanding and Effectiveness of Third Party Interventions in Destructive Intergroup Conflict – Selected Bibliography -- Ronald J. Fisher: Third Party Consultation: A Method for the Study and Resolution of Conflict – Toward a Social-Psychological Model of Intergroup Conflict – Generic Principles for Resolving Intergroup Conflict -- Interactive Conflict Resolution: A Social-Psychological Approach to Resolving Violent Ethnopolitical Conflict – Assessing the Contingency Model of Third Party Intervention in Successful Cases of Prenegotiation.

On the Author

Ronald J. Fisher is Professor Emeritus of International Peace and Conflict Resolution in the School of International Service at American University, Washing-ton, DC, a Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in Arlington, VA, and an Adjunct Professor in the Doctor of Social Sciences Program at Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada. His primary interest is interactive conflict resolution, which involves informal third party interventions in protracted and violent ethnopolitical conflict. As a scholar, Ron has developed a generic model of third party con-sultation, an eclectic model of intergroup conflict and a contingency model of third party intervention, and has documented and evaluated a variety of interactive conflict resolution interventions.
His publications include Social Psychology: An Applied Approach (1982), The Social Psychology of Intergroup and International Conflict Resolution (1990), Interactive Conflict Resolution (1997), and Paving the Way: Contributions of Interactive Conflict Resolution to Peacemaking (2005), as well as numerous book chapters and articles in interdisciplinary journals in the peace and conflict resolution field. As a practitioner, he has worked on the longstanding dispute in Cyprus and similar conflicts in other parts of the world, and has provided training and consultation services to a wide range of organizations and institutes. In 2001 he received an Outstanding Contribution Award and in 2003 the Morton Deutsch Conflict Resolution Award from the Peace Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and in 2011 he received the Nevitt Sanford Award from the International Society of Political Psychology. Ron holds a B.A. (Hon.) and M.A. in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a minor in International Relations from the University of Michigan, and he has been elected as a Fellow in both the American and Canadian Psychological Associations.

Books by Ronald J. Fisher

Fisher, R. J., Ed. (2005).
Paving the Way.
City: Lexington Books.

Fisher, R.J. (2000).
Comparing three different approaches to graduate training
in international conflict resolution.

Victoria, BC: Peace and Conflict Studies Division,
Royal Roads University.

Fisher, R.J. (1997a).
Interactive conflict resolution.
Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press..



Fisher, R.J. (1990):
The Social Psychology of Intergroup and
International Conflict Resolution.

New York, NY: Springer Verlag.


Fisher, R.J. (1984).
Conflict and collaboration in Maori Pakeha relations:
Ka taea anoo e taatou te whenua houkura?
Occasional Paper No. 20.
Centre for Maori Studies and Research,
University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Fisher, R.J. (1982).
Social psychology: An applied approach.
New York: St. Martin's Press..

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