Blog Posts - Conflict Resolution



ISIS Sex Trafficking

Haleh Esfandiari is the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She describes how the so-called "Islamic State" fills its coffers by sex trafficking, among other things.
by The Alternative Mainstream on Sep 30, 2014

Time to Stop the Abstract Reference to “New Media”

    In their USIP report on “New Media and Contentious Politics” Aday and associates identified five levels of analysis in which new media and political conflict intersect. The five levels are pretty straightforward but useful. Still, I...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Sep 28, 2014

The Media Literate Terrorist

The media in general, and new media in particular, are increasingly effective tools used by extremist in Syria or ISIS. Even their extraordinary brutality is no match for the skill in which they are using new media to attract new recruits, send propa...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Sep 21, 2014

Managing Extremism and Dealing with ISIS

Maybe some of you saw the article from the Wall Street Journal on August 30, 2014. It graphically depicted (see the accompanying screenshot) all the various relationships among political actors in the Middle East and how they changed from enemies to...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Sep 15, 2014

The Agony of Contentious Language in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

There is a tendency, even for those who know better, to think of language as a simple carrier of meaning. That is, language is the mechanism that packages up meaning and does the work of transferring it from one person to another. So we refer to the...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Sep 8, 2014

What a Diverted United Airlines Flight Can Teach You about Conflict Resolution

Shock and dismay are the best words I can use to describe my initial response to the news that a United Airlines flight from Newark to Denver had been diverted to Chicago due to a dispute between passengers over leg room. In the days that followed, I...
by The Recovering Engineer on Sep 5, 2014

Power to the People! A Call for Citizen Engagement in Israel Palestine

I’ve got an idea that is not really so bold as much as it is ignored. My idea responds to what I consider to be a weakness in the political considerations that characterize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And that weakness is the failure of suffi...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Sep 3, 2014

Praying for Iraq

The traditional answer to pacifism is the so-called "Just War" argument. It's a classic case of bad branding. Pacifists look like peacemakers while "Just War" advocates look like they're arguing for war.
by The Alternative Mainstream on Aug 20, 2014

Why Israel Wins the Military War but Loses the Narrative

Israel supporters are struck dumb by what they consider to be the great moral inversion. In fact, as Jeffrey Goldberg writing in The Atlantic states, “Hamas is a theocratic fascist cult committed to the obliteration of Israel.” It is an organizat...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Aug 3, 2014

This will not stop if we don’t talk

ze lo y’gamer im lo n’daber This won’t stop if we don’t alk It is probably unimaginable to think of Hamas and Israel actually talking civilly but getting to the negotiating table is the only answer. Here are some thoughts on doing that. T...
by Peace and Conflict Politics on Jul 20, 2014

Coming Next Week

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

A Collection of Conflict Resolution Quotes

I love quotes. They often capture big concepts in only a few words. They give me “thought anchors” to help me collect and focus my thoughts. This is a quick video I put together to capture some great conflict resolution quotes that help a...
by The Recovering Engineer on Jun 30, 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

“The Münchausen by proxy Bully Victim Syndrome”... vs. the failure of social conflict resolution.

Münchausen syndrome by proxy is often talked about in cases of child abuse, neglect, and in some cases even murder. The Wikipedia definition of the disorder is defined as:  is a term that is used to describe a behavior pattern in which a caregi...
by A Life... Less Perfect on May 15, 2014


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