Excellent article. Thank you. It gives me fruit for thought, or is it nectar for pollination! In any event, your clarity and sequence of thought is appreciated.
I especially resinated with your notion to "work with intention" that spoke to my concern about the current (and past) Chinese/Tibetan situation: "...to engage and finesse the other party toward a workable agreement and management of conflict..." Try this with the Chinese about their occupation of Tibet and a whole can of worms erupts. In this situation, there is a secret under the table and an elephant in the room that is larger than the conflict management we may know and it is scary. I will likely share more about this situation on mediate.com soon.
Ana Schofield M.A. (Conflict Management) Olympia, Washington.