'Levels of Escalation' according to Friedrich Glasl

Conflicts neither appear nor disappear 'out of thin air'. It might well be the case that a conflict 'suddenly' becomes visible. However there was always something, that led to this. In a similar way, the type, intensity and degree of escalation will vary from one conflict to another. When it comes to analysing these factors, Friedrich Glasl has set standards, particularly in the German-speaking world, with his model of conflict escalation. This model is applied in several of the Academy's Trainings for Peace and is part of the core knowledge you need in the field of conflict transformation. Therefore our self-learning course gives you an brief overview about the model.

This self-learning course was developed by the Academy of Conflict Transformation based on the work of Friedrich Glasl. Friedrich Glasl was born in Austria in 1941. He was involved with the International Fellowship of Reconciliation and the international civil service. From 1967 – 1985 he worked for the Instituut vor Organisatieontwikkeling (NPI) one of the oldest institutes for organisational development in the Netherlands. His focus was on issues concerning conflicts between organisations.

Thereafter he returned to Austria and founded, together with others, the consulting company „Trigon“. Currently, Friedrich Glasl is giving lectures at the university of Salzburg and works as mediator and trainer. He has written a number of articles books, among them well-known titles such as „Conflict Management“ and „Confronting Conflict“.

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