Blog Posts - Conflict Resolution



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

What Makes for “Difficult Conversations?”

Conversations are difficult when one or both parties are fixed on an ideological position they consider a core value fundamental to their concept of truth and personal identity. These difficult conversations are the genuinely “hard” part of manag...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 29, 2015

Making Communication Smarter

  I have made the point on more than one occasion that it is the communication and interaction process that closes or shrinks gaps of indeterminacy. It is communication that reaches across divides and differences between people. But the really impor...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 25, 2015

Social Media Data and Conflict

The issue of social media and political conflict is relatively under studied and the site for important research. Actually, my next book project will be about social media and conflict. But first we have to look at some demographic data to learn more...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 19, 2015

The Argument Landscape of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

There remains those who still discount the centrality of communication and believe that difficult conflicts such as Israel-Palestine simply must continue with bloodshed, difficulty, and recalcitrance. But the argument landscape while not pristine cou...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 8, 2015

Sacred Values and the “Devoted” Rather than the “Rational”

Dying and Killing for Sacred Objects By Richard A. Koenigsberg Terrorists die and kill for sacred objects such as “Allah” or “the Palestinian homeland.” In the First World War, millions of human beings died and killed expressing fealty toward...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 5, 2015

The Nature of Ethnic Conflict

Why does ethnicity figure so centrally in political conflict? One explanation is primordial in nature and suggests that ethnicity is an enduring propensity to gather and support those like us and this is the wellspring of solidarity and mistrust of t...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jun 1, 2015

The Three Levels of Managing Conflict

The table below represents the three levels at which conflicts can and must be confronted and managed. All have implications for different types and assumptions about communication.   Approaches to Conflict Level                 ...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 27, 2015

Israel’s Democracy Institute’s Message to Government Ministers

Even as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues, and remains the prototypical ethnopolitical intractable conflict, Israel continues to work on the problems of its democracy. Among challenges of international proportions including rising anti-Semit...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 20, 2015

Cultural Logics and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

A cultural logic is a constellation of beliefs, behaviors, practices, discursive routines, and communication patterns that are organized in a particular way. This results in a logical consistency and coherence for a group of people who classify thems...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 18, 2015

Israel as a Jewish State

If you want to listen to one of the finer minds around click here and listen to Ruth Gavison. This is a first-class intellect grappling with the issues of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and how it can achieve such. Just put your feet up and...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 7, 2015

Net Neutrality

  The below is from the Shorenstein Center at Harvard in reprinted here. You can go to the original at this address. I thought it was a particularly clear statement about the issue of net neutrality which is important because I oppose creating t...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on May 5, 2015

A Conservative’s Proposal for One State in Israel

The proposal for a one state solution in Israel usually comes from the far left, which defends a one state solution on the basis of a pure liberal democracy and universal values that would not privilege a Jewish state, or from the far right that want...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 20, 2015

People Can Change – In Defense of Communicative Contact

What are the communicative, cognitive, and social psychological processes associated with change? Or, how do positive outcomes associated with contact come into being. Below I explain the processes most associated with how and why contact ameliorates...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 14, 2015

The Nuclear Deal with Iran is a Good One and in The Right Direction – Yes, Even for Israel.

The nuclear deal with Iran is just fine and a strong piece of international diplomacy that Obama should get credit for. Let’s take a closer look at the issues and try to respond on the basis of good policy and evidence rather than fixed ideological...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Apr 5, 2015

The Relationship between Israel and the US: Big Brothers and Little Brothers Fight

My conservative friends ask me how I can be supportive of Obama given his stance on Israel. I usually explain to them what friendship is like and point out how they are getting hysterical over little. His relationship with Israel is no different than...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 29, 2015

Netanyahu and The Future: Israel and the Peace Process Will Make Little Progress

Well, Netanyahu has been elected for an historic fourth time. His path to the Prime Minister’ s office this time is strewn with damaged relationships (think US), international political stunts (speech before Congress), the race card (“the Arabs a...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Mar 21, 2015


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