Shamil Idriss, CEO of SFCG

Conflict, Violence and peace - concepts & definitions

Conflict as opportunity

Shamil Idriss, CEO of Search For Common Ground (SFCG), sees in conflict the unique potential for collaborative problem solving. “Peace is more than the absence of tension, it’s the presence of justice,” quotes Idriss. “Conflict can be an opportunity for reaching out to understand the other and build a better future together.”

Prepare for your discussion:

Look out for:

  • Conflict as an opportunity
  • Peace beyond absence of tension
  • Marginalized voices
  • Approach centered on hope


  • When have you experienced conflict as defined as an ‘opportunity?’
  • What do you “hope” for?
  • What examples have you seen in your lifetime of positive changes towards peace?