Good analysis is essential to conflict management. This chapter focuses on techniques for conflict analysis.
Missions gather information, monitor developments and provide early warning of situations that can erupt into crises, violent conflict, or war. Early warning, useful as it is, also requires an evaluation of when a conflict is likely to explode. Multilateral organizations and their state components have limited political will and resources, and have to pick and choose when intervention is necessary.
Accurate information is not often available in areas of tension and conflict. There may be a significant amount of distorted, irrelevant or false information. Making sense of the information that exists is a challenging task. That is why good analysis is essential. A good understanding of the reality of a conflict is necessary in order to develop strategies for dealing with it.