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Oded Adomi Leshem on hope in intractable conflict

The latest episode of the Conflict Tipping podcast is up now! In this episode, I speak with Dr Oded Adomi Leshem of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem about the role of hope in intractable conflicts. Adomi is an expert in the field, and I’m sure those interested in conflict, mediation, emotions, and political psychology will be fascinated.

We explore:

  • ⚔️ The psychological underpinnings of intractable conflict (and what IS an intractable conflict, anyway?)
  • 🕊️ The two dimensions of hope – and its opposites
  • 👵 Who is most hopeful
  • 🥼 Experimental interventions that help people experience hope
  • ✨ The role of mediators in helping promote hope

Adomi’s new book, “Hope Amidst Conflict”, is a fantastic read and will be available in the near future.

I ‘hope’ you enjoy the discussion!


Oded Adomi Leshem is a Senior Research Associate at the PICR Lab and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, both housed in the Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His research is located at the nexus of international relations, political science, and social psychology with a specialization in the beliefs and perceptions of people mired in protracted conflicts.

Oded studies the hopes and fears of people living in conflict zones and the impact of these future-oriented perceptions on political behavior. More broadly, he’s interested in the formation and transformation of political attitudes and ideologies during violent conflicts. Apart from his focus on advancing theories in conflict resolution and political psychology, a key aspect of his research agenda is to design and test psychological interventions aimed at conflict transformation.

What do *you* think?

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