Blog Posts - Communication And Conflict Resolution

Stories and Arguments: How Real People Communicate

A narrative is an argument because it is an interpretation of evidence that explains some version of reality. As scholars explain, narratives provide a foundation for reasons. If a Palestinian tells a story of lost land and injustice then he or she i...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Nov 25, 2013

Islamic and Western Approaches to Peace

Whether your intellectual tradition is that of the Enlightenment, or the religious patterns of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, or Judaism along with modern liberalism each provides horizons of meaning that offer a picture and a future of pea...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Nov 18, 2013

How to Understand “Reasonable Disagreement”

Ever have a political discussion with a friend and have it degenerate into incompatible positions that cause tension, anger, and exasperation? You have to learn how to appreciate “reasonable disagreement.” This is not a contradiction in terms; yo...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Nov 11, 2013

Good News Friday

Reblogged from Anne's Opinions: It's time for another Good News Friday installment. My first item for this week is the very exciting news that two out of the three 2013 Nobel Prize winners for chemistry are Israeli, and the third winner is Jewis...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Oct 16, 2013

The debate on Syria: To bomb or not to bomb?

Reblogged from This Just In: U.N. evidence that could show whether chemical weapons were used in Syria will head to a lab Monday, but the answer may just be a formality. The American president has already said there's no doubt Syria's government kill...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Sep 5, 2013

What It REALLY Means to Be a Democracy: Egypt Ain’t It.

I grow weary of listening to all these claims of developing democracies in places like Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya. It’s well enough understood that elections alone don’t mean much and some minor rabble rousing from the population is equally as tri...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Aug 19, 2013

Dangerously Rigid Political Opinions Can be Changed: Here is One Approach

Extreme opinions are one of the thorniest issues when it comes to trying to solve problems and the necessary “difficult conversations” required. But related to extreme opinions are rigid opinions; that is, those people who hold firm opinions from...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jul 8, 2013

Zionism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Triumph of “Narrative” over “History.”

Last week I attended a conference on Zionism at Brandeis University. It was an excellent conference populated by highly capable people all of whom had something to say and are worth listening to. There were lectures on the history of Zionism and its...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Feb 20, 2013

Group Level Perceptions and Racism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

When grappling with the difficult issues of intractable conflicts and how to moderate them one always encounters the “contact” solution; in other words, the two competing groups must get together and begin the process of communicating in such a w...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Feb 4, 2013

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