Internal conflict, in which a character is torn by opposing motivations, is central to drama. Actors portray such conflict in part by mimicking involuntary behaviors that occur as a result of such conflicts. In this paper, we examine the role of timing – pauses and hesitation, in particular – in internal conflict. We argue that virtual actors can be made more expressive if we can emulate the underlying structures of inhibition and conflict detection believed to operate in the human system. We discuss work in progress on this problem that uses the Twig procedural animation system.
Thousands of people could return to their homes in Libya after a reconciliation deal between two feuding communities. People living in Tawergha were accused of supporting former leader Muammar Gaddafi during the 2011 uprising. Opposition forces in neighbouring Misrata cleared Tawergha and it is been largely empty ever since.
UNICEF says one of its workers and four teachers have been killed in the Central African Republic. It says a third of children are missing out on an education because of the fighting between armed groups. Many schools have been destroyed or are being used as camps for people who have escaped the violence.
If there's one thing our current political environment has taught us it's that conflict is unavoidable. Conflict happens between husbands and wives, parents and kids, brothers and sisters, Democrats and Republicans, employees and supervisors, CEOs and boards, pastors and leaders in the church, people on social media, and a myriad of other ways. Sadly, in our world of instant messages and social media, conflict is just one click or thoughtless tweet away. Like the spark that ignites a massive wildfire, conflict can combust into a fight that destroys relationships, careers and everything in its path. And in this explosive culture in America – where motives are challenged endlessly, criticism is ruthless, cynicism is celebrated and anyone in a position of influence is under detailed scrutiny – conditions are ripe for conflict to erupt.
Donald Trump's transition team needs to hire more than 4,000 new staffers to run the next administration, and the website for applicants contains a dire warning for anyone who thinks he or she can mix personal business with public business. "Consideration is taken for possible conflicts of interest," the website declares. "Financial holdings and sources of income must be disclosed. Any conflicts must be remedied by divestiture, the creation of special trusts, and other actions." That would disqualify Trump himself from serving in his own administration, as his conflicts of interest are numerous and he has steadfastly refused to remedy the matter, even though some of these conflicts apparently violate the Constitution.