First, write a short background about the nature of the conflict, using the following questions
- What is the conflict about? When did the conflict start? What caused it?
- Was it a series of events or one event? What was the trigger event(s)?
- When did the conflict originate? Why did it occur?
- Use a metaphor to describe your conflict.
Next, analyze your perceptions of each element of the conflict, using the following questions:
- Expressed struggle: How has the conflict been expressed? What was the trigger event?
- Interdependent parties: What binds the parties together? In what ways each party needs the other?
- Perceived incompatible goals: What are the parties not getting?
- Perceived scarce resources: Examples include time, money, affection, inclusion, oil, land, or other natural resources, etc.
- Perceived interference to achieve goals: In what ways each party is interfering with the other’s goals?