Uluğ, Özden Melis, & J. Christopher Cohrs (2017). How do experts differ from politicians in understanding a conflict? A comparison of track I and track II actors. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 35(2),147-172. (doi: 10.1002/crq.21208)

Abstract: This article explores the conflict understandings of Track II actors in the Kurdish conflict context and compares them with conflict understandings of Track I actors to identify similarities and differences between these actors. The results highlight two different conflict understandings among Track II actors: a democracy and identity viewpoint, and a democracy and economy viewpoint. Integrating these results with previous results for Track I actors highlights four different conflict understandings across Track I and Track II actors: a Kurdish rights viewpoint, a democracy and freedom viewpoint, a conservative-religious viewpoint, and a terror viewpoint.

Özden Melis Uluğ <oulug> is in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA, USA. Christopher Cohrs <cohrsc> is in the Faculty of Psychology, Philipps University of Marburg, Germany.

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