Date of Award


Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Josef Korbel School of International Studies, Conflict Resolution Institute

First Advisor

Tamra Pearson d’Estrée


Conflict de-escalation, Conflict dynamics, Conflict resolution, Food-sharing, Meal-sharing


Conflict resolution efforts seek to de-escalate conflict dynamics to bring conciliation and/or reconciliation to a conflict. One strategy to de-escalate a conflict is to use food during conflict resolution efforts. So, what specifically does consuming food and beverage do to break down conflict escalation cycles? Food-sharing brings several aspects to conflict that the literature suggests address how and why conflict escalates. This paper focuses on three prevalent aspects: how food-sharing signals vulnerability and trust building, perceived commonality, and a change in the conflict from competition to cooperation by providing new norms, changing the tone, and shifting frames. Because of the centrality of food in Georgian culture, I interviewed Georgian mediators to study their perspectives and experiences with the role of food in both traditional and contemporary Georgian conflict resolution efforts. The findings concur that food is used to shift the tone and frames of the conflict.

Publication Statement

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Rights Holder

Raisa Wells


Received from ProQuest

File Format




File Size

90 pgs


International relations