Blog Posts - Conflict Resolution



The Death of the Worthy Adversary

Good dialogical discourse conflates the distinctions between enemies and adversaries; that is, as a combination or fusion of the distinctions such that the two are not so different from one another. Certainly, our polarized culture makes a sharp dist...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Dec 20, 2016

I Don’t Want to Debate. I Want to Talk about My Pain. How the Democrats Got It Wrong

It is quite interesting how just a few short months ago we were burying the Republican Party. They were in a state of disarray with a crowd of presidential contenders each of which seem to be more flawed than the next. And Trump was the worst of the...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Dec 7, 2016

Book Review: When Miles Got Mad

 Author: Sam Kurtzman-CounterInterest Level: Ages 4 and UpAbout This Book: When his little brother breaks his favorite toy, Miles gets MAD. As his anger swells, he catches sight of himself in the mirror -- but instead of his own reflection,...
by Books That Heal Kids on Nov 14, 2016

Book Review: A Bug and a Wish

Author: Karen ScheuerIllustrator: KalpartInterest Level: Ages 4-7From the Book Jacket: When Tyler is teased by the other boys, his good friend, Danae, encourages him to give the boys A Bug and a Wish. When Tyler finds a ladybug and a dandelion seed,...
by Books That Heal Kids on Aug 30, 2016

How Trump Misunderstands Islam

Trump continues to use fear appeals and scare tactics when it comes to Muslims and terror. And while he is minimally effective – and getting less so every day – his supporters are sympathetic others who are increasingly misinformed about terror a...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Aug 23, 2016

Book Review: What Do You Do With a Problem?

Author: Kobi YamadaIllustrator: Mae BesomInterest Level: Ages 5 and UpFrom the Book Jacket: What do you do with a problem? Especially one that follows you around and doesn't seem to be going away? Do you worry about it? Ignore it? Do you run and...
by Books That Heal Kids on Jul 19, 2016

Change Hillary’s Campaign Slogan from “I’m with Her” to “She’s with Me.”

The results of the most recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll are in and the news is certainly good for Hillary. She leads Trump by double digits and he seems to be declining precipitously. In a head-to-head matchup Clinton leads Trump 51% to 39% amon...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 27, 2016

How Group Membership Distorts Political Thinking and the Impossibility of Quality Political Communication

Watching citizens yell at one another during debates and political discussion has reminded me of something more than the loss of civility. It prompts me to recall the distorted communication that occurs so often during political conversation. These d...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 23, 2016

Just Pay Attention to the Data: Hillary Clinton is fundamentally Honest and Trustworthy

I hear plenty of people blurt out that Hillary Clinton is “untrustworthy” or “they don’t like her” or even that she is a “liar.” But when I press them on this, when I say give me examples and ask them to explain why in any detail they u...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 13, 2016

How Hillary Wins Especially If Trump Picks Charlie Sheen as His Running Mate

The above video poses a reasonably serious analysis of Trump’s stability and personality disorders. It is a fair campaign issue. Discrediting Trump needs to a key chapter in Hillary’s playbook. There are two strategic directions that lead...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 6, 2016

Soaring Oratory in the British Parliament

The soaring oratory of Tony Benn in defense of airstrikes against Syria harks back to the days when such speech making mattered. References for the material below and another perspective appears here. So there will be another war. Last night, the Hou...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 30, 2016

Trump is Wrong: Comparing the US to Other Countries

This entire article analyzes how the U.S. stacks up against the rest of the world. The data are clear. The summary below is from here by the Council on Foreign Relations. By way of example, these are the issues with respect to trade. Click on the lin...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 23, 2016

Don’t be Fooled by Trump’s Use of Studied Sincerity

The video below is a dramatization (although not much of one) of “common sense” and part of its infrastructure, namely, “sincerity.” Donald Trump has been trying to capitalize on this deep-seated American value where “common sense” or “...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 9, 2016

The Twisted Logic of Cultural Differences

One of the most pressing and distressing cultural and communication problems is how you talk to the “other.” Group and cultural polarization is no longer an interesting insight posed by an academic or intellectual. No, it is common knowledge and...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 11, 2016

The Twisted Logic of Cultural Differences

One of the most pressing and distressing cultural and communication problems is how you talk to the “other.” Group and cultural polarization is no longer an interesting insight posed by an academic or intellectual. No, it is common knowledge and...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 11, 2016

Blaming the United States for ISIS and Al Qaeda – Unjustified

It is already the case that it will have taken the US longer to defeat Al Qaeda and ISIS than it did Germany and Japan. There are two reasons for this. The first is the tendency to blame the United States for these problems, and the second is the rol...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 4, 2016

Blaming the United States for ISIS and Al Qaeda – Unjustified

It is already the case that it will have taken the US longer to defeat Al Qaeda and ISIS than it did Germany and Japan. There are two reasons for this. The first is the tendency to blame the United States for these problems, and the second is the rol...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 4, 2016

Cultural Differences and Conflict

I know, I know. Dichotomies like the ones below are typically exaggerations and overly simplistic. But such distinctions also represent the real world of how people think. And even if differences such as the ones below are not perfect, they are the s...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 21, 2016

Cultural Differences and Conflict

I know, I know. Dichotomies like the ones below are typically exaggerations and overly simplistic. But such distinctions also represent the real world of how people think. And even if differences such as the ones below are not perfect, they are the s...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 21, 2016

Trump and Post-Truth Discourse

  [I am republishing this because it was an early warning about Trump and violence. The video tells the story of how Trump does not understand what he is responsible for.] Trump is dangerous and worse yet he’s unaware of how dangerous he is or...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 12, 2016


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