in contrast to:
polemology (conflict studies)
(thanks to Wikipedia).
Peace studies looks pretty fuzzy-minded at first glance, but on the other hand, these guys seem to come out of that area and are the only writings I've found that are close to my own view:
As conflict escalates, new, more militant leadership often develops. Leaders who fear that they will be replaced by challengers will not want to be seen as weak or submissive. As a result, they will often refuse to admit that any past actions were mistaken and are likely to grow in militancy and become more "hardline." Furthermore, conflicts that already involve contentious activity are likely to fall into the hands of militants who have strong negative attitudes and tend to use extreme tactics. In many instances, these leaders seek to ritualize the conflict and exhibit a complete lack of interest in resolution. All of this contributes to conflict escalation.
Oh well, I knew this couldn't be a completely original idea...that's the problem with Google, it's always too easy to find prior art.