Blog Posts - Communication And Conflict Resolution



The Joys of Hate

The noted cognitive scientist and Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman introduced the concepts of System 1 and System 2 or fast and slow thinking. System 1 is fast, instinctive, and emotional. System 2 is slower, logical, and deliberative. System 2 cam...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Feb 29, 2016

The Discourse of the Republican Jihad

There is a hadith, or saying of the prophet, that goes: “Know that paradise lies under the shade of swords.” Increasingly, this saying makes me think of American party politics as much as an ISIS credo. I have spent a good part of my professional...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Feb 22, 2016

The Discourse of the Republican Jihad

There is a hadith, or saying of the prophet, that goes: “Know that paradise lies under the shade of swords.” Increasingly, this saying makes me think of American party politics as much as an ISIS credo. I have spent a good part of my professional...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Feb 22, 2016

ISIS Creates the Difference between the “Rational” and the “Committed.”

The foundational logic of governing is this: resources, both material and symbolic, are not equally distributed among people. Individuals and groups differ with respect to their personal abilities, education levels, talents, environmental resources,...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jan 25, 2016

ISIS Creates the Difference between the “Rational” and the “Committed.”

The foundational logic of governing is this: resources, both material and symbolic, are not equally distributed among people. Individuals and groups differ with respect to their personal abilities, education levels, talents, environmental resources,...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jan 25, 2016

“Devoted” Conflict Actors Are Not “Rational” Actors

The participants in intractable conflicts are not “rational” actors; they are, as Scott Atran explains, “devoted” actors. Intractable conflicts are intergroup conflicts and are on the rise. The actors use a logic of identity (I must preferenc...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jan 20, 2016

The Caliphate is a Myth

In a recent issue of Foreign Affairs Nick Danforth likens the caliphate to an abstract concept such as the “dictatorship of the proletariat” that has very little historical basis and is largely made up as different leaders need the concept. Danfo...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Dec 14, 2015

Language and its Power

Language certainly has the power to direct you towards pre-selected portions of reality. It makes it possible for false comparisons and confusion over categories of meaning. For example, there is a common statement that circulates in the public that...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Nov 28, 2015

ISIS Burns Paris and Commits Genocide Against the Yazidis?

How long do you stand on the sidelines? How long do you wait? France has declared war finally and the US still isn’t doing enough against ISIS. The Kurds are brave and powerful allies who are the tip of the sword in the fight against ISIS. They nee...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Nov 16, 2015

ISIS is Weak and Under Performing

Famished and queuing despondently as far as the eye can see, these images will have the Islamic State’s slick propaganda unit spitting feathers. In scenes more familiar in the most impoverished refugee camps, scores of downtrodden Syrians wait...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Oct 31, 2015

Essentialism: Gender and Islam

Look at the top picture first and notice the little boy in the wheelchair. He is clearly defined as “different” from the other children and is both spatially and psychologically defined by the chair. He is separate from the class and the...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Oct 23, 2015

The Concept of Peace in Islam

In the West peace means predominantly the absence of war. Peace is the result of institutional agreements or the regulation of behavior and mutual negotiations about what is considered threatening or unacceptable to each side. Solving conflicts is a...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Oct 19, 2015

How to Beat ISIS

ISIS or the Islamic state is one of the most vicious and retrograde political and military forces to emerge in recent history. Their cruelty and wanton destruction of culture and history, along with a desire to install a restrictive and punishing rel...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Sep 12, 2015

The Donald Trump Help File: The Difference between Hamas and Hezbollah

I don’t usually write about domestic politics in this blog space but since Trump is so uninformed, and proud of it, I thought I would help him out a little bit. Trump barely knows what he’s talking about – and on other occasions knows nothing a...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Sep 5, 2015

The ISIS Group Nightmare

Just when you thought you had heard of about every atrocity and psychotic group behavior, ISIS creeps into your dreams like a nightmare from ancient history. Beheadings, chemical warfare, mass murder, destruction of cultural, religious, and artistic...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Sep 2, 2015

The Pull of Nationalism

Nationalism is the love of nation. It is the love of your group and usually your ethnicity and those who look and behave like you. I’ve written before that nationalism and group identity are natural and even a source of pleasure and security. It’...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Aug 25, 2015

The Deal with Iran

The case against the deal with Iran.     The case for the deal by Thomas Pickering  ...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Aug 7, 2015

Key Communication Elements of Dialogue

I’m interested in the efficacy of communication and write regularly about how communication works and why it is fundamentally and by definition the best way to elicit change. One of the most important contemporary questions is how differences engag...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jul 25, 2015

Paul Berman on the Confederate Flag and What BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) Does not Seem to Understand

    The article by Paul Berman on the Confederate flag debate is just too good to pass up. Click here to read it.               The BDS movement (which stands for boycott, divest, and sanction) against Isr...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jul 5, 2015

What BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) Does not Seem to Understand

The BDS movement (which stands for boycott, divest, and sanction) against Israel is an aggressive social movement designed to challenge the existence of the State of Israel. The video below is a typical example of the BDS arguments against Israel. Th...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jul 5, 2015


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