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ze lo y’gamer im lo n’daber This won’t stop if we don’t talk People ask me what I think about current events in Gaza as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and here’s what I tell them. Don Ellis Blog: http://peaceandconflictpolitic...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jul 18, 2014

Is This Editorial Cartoon Funny?

People enjoy political cartoons. They make for fast iconic processing and cut to the quick of a point. This cartoon by Steve Bell is clearly cynical and anti-Israel. Its essential point is clear enough – that Israel values its own lives greater tha...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jul 14, 2014

What Kind of Mentality Kills Teenagers Because They are Jewish or Palestinian? I’ll Tell You What Kind.

You have to be pretty far outside the category of “human” to kidnap three scared teenagers and shoot them in the back of a car. Shoot them for no reason other than they fit the category of “other.” The murder of Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaa...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jul 7, 2014

Jihadists Humiliate Us: What Can We Do

I had a good chuckle the other day at the story of the Iraqi insurgents who captured the city of Mosul and found five nice American-made helicopters. They noted that the helicopters were pretty new and said in a posting on Twitter, “We expect the A...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 23, 2014

The Paralysis of Choice

Ever since Kahneman and Tversky’s groundbreaking work we have accepted the fact that humans just aren’t very good at choices and keeping the best interest of everyone in mind. We believe our thinking and decision-making processes are clear and lo...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 17, 2014

Unleashing the Blogs of War

The blogging community is growing, stretching its muscles and increasing its influence. Blogs are, according to a number of studies, providing more insight and more thoughtful analysis than traditional media. Clearly, there are amateurish and ineffec...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 9, 2014

Striving for “Collective Reasoning”

Consider the example below from Sunstein of “incompletely theorized agreement.” Incompletely theorized agreement is when two groups in disagreement agree on the preferred outcome but disagree on a more general theoretical rationale. A deeply reli...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 27, 2014

What Do Condi Rice, Jean Kirkpatrick, J Street, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali Have in Common?

Here is a simple quiz for you: What do and J St., Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Jean Kirkpatrick, Condi Rice all have in common? Give up? The answer is all of them have been excluded, disinvited, and prevented from speaking just because they disagree with someone...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 18, 2014

Hamas and Fatah Unity: The Theory of Contamination at Work

The unity and reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas holds promise for the future. Clearly, we have to take a wait-and-see attitude. But I consider it potentially a turning point in the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians. Many I...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 5, 2014

Reframing Extremism

Terminological note: I realize that drawing generalities about cultures and religion (e.g. “Islam” or “the West”) is perilous business and many distinctions and semantic nuances are either exaggerated or ignored. But peacemaking and problem r...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 26, 2014

Is This Woman Really so Dangerous That She Must Be Kept from Speaking

The recent dust up over Brandeis University’s decision to revoke an invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali to speak and receive an honorary degree is truly interesting. It clearly exposes the issues of free speech and the rights of intellectual contesta...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 20, 2014

The Conditions of “Difficult Conversations.”

Below are the conditions most likely to make for “difficult” conversations. They can be considered part of deliberative and decision-making processes that must be taken into account in order for communication that will be the most workabl...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 14, 2014

How Many More Decades Do We Have To Watch This Silly Shuttle Diplomacy between Israel and Palestinians? It doesn’t work!

How much longer do we have to watch an American diplomat shuttle back and forth between Israel and some neighboring country? From Henry Kissinger in the 1970s to John Kerry it’s all the same process. The tennis match image comes to mind and I would...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 7, 2014

Hebrew and Russian Language Vitality and Conflict

One way to track the power and influence of a culture is by watching the shifts in language use. People are attached to the language they speak and the culture it embodies. When a group speaks a language it’s because they perceive that language to...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 1, 2014

No Advocate for New Media Would Want to Take Credit for Egypt or Ukraine

Facebook must be truly a magical medium. It cannot only reconnect you with your old high school friends but whip up a democratic revolution in its spare time. It received so much initial credit for the Arab Spring that political activists in places l...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 3, 2014

No Advocate for New Media Would Want to Take Credit for Egypt or the Ukraine

Facebook must be truly a magical medium. It cannot only reconnect you with your old high school friends but whip up a democratic revolution in its spare time. It received so much initial credit for the Arab Spring that political activists in places l...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 3, 2014

The Reptilian Sensuality 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 24, 2014

Managing Extreme Opinions during Deliberation Between Deeply Divided Groups

Even during those heavy late-night conversations in college about God the guy with an unmovable opinion, who just couldn’t see outside his own boundaries, was annoying. Extreme voices, and the harsh opinions and rigid sensibilities that accompany t...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Feb 3, 2014

Syria As the Prototype for the Loss of Democratic Freedoms

In a recent Wall Street Journal article Puddington and Kramer reported that there has been a decline around the world in political rights and civil liberties as measured by Freedom House. True enough, the measurement of these things is not an exact s...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jan 27, 2014

Deliberation and Exposure to Differences: The Importance of “Hearing the Other Side”

The below is adapted from my book on deliberative communication. A full citation appears on the “deliberation issues” page. One of the key issues for the news media, either print or broadcast, with respect to its contribution to deliberat...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Dec 14, 2013


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