Beyond Intractability in Context Blog

Conflict in the News Graphic

More information about the BI in Context Blog is available on its Landing Page.

Additional Blogs and Online Seminars available from BI include:
Constructive Conflict MOOS Seminar | Conflict Frontiers MOOS Seminar | Thing You Can Do To Help | MOOS Fundamentals | Colleague Activities

Posts ordered from most recent to earliest.

  • David Frum of The Atlantic provides an analysis of "Seven Broken Guardrails of Democracy": things that need to be understood before they can be fixed. -- The Seven Broken Guardrails of Democracy --
  • The New York Times shares a persuasive challenge from Nicholas Kristof--liberals ought to promote (and could learn from) political diversity. -- The Liberal Blindspot --
  • Brookings writes on a big part of the problem: the surprising pessimism of the white working class compared with Blacks, Hispanics, others. -- Unhappiness in America --
  • The Washington Post publishes Alejandro Cegarra's harrowing photographs of Venezuela on the brink of collapse alongside an article by Nick Miroff --a reminder of why societies can't be allowed to fail. -- Harrowing scenes of Venezuela on the brink of collapse --
  • Foreign Policy writes funny definitions of foreign-policy jargon -- but with the real message. -- How to Speak Foreign Policy --
  • Foreign Policy's Stephen M. Walt lists the top 10 books to read when you have time, and if you want to understand the foundations of the international system. -- Top Ten Books on International Relations --
  • Michael Lind of Politico Magazine explores extraordinary, ongoing changes in the nature of US political conflict. -- This Is What the Future of American Politics Looks Like --
  • The Washington Post publishes a profile of those who are taking up arms to defend themselves from the government--how could it come to that? -- Primed to Fight the Government --
  • The Washington Post shares an interesting "mind-changing" story on the Washington Redskins controversy--something we could all learn from. -- Changing His Mind About the Redskins --
  • Foreign Policy shares a "mea culpa" from an economist on his field's contribution to our troubles. We need more such self-examination. -- Economics Has Failed America --
  • The Washington Post shares an especially well-argued essay on the fascism threat to US democracy - it's something we really have to take seriously. -- How Fascism Comes to America --
  • Foreign Policy's "Mercenaries Are the Silent Majority of Obama's Military" is a great article raising big strategic/moral questions. -- Mercenaries in Obama's Military --
  • The New York Times' David Brooks shares a great story about a multifaceted effort to transform the troubled community. We need more efforts like this. -- One Neighborhood at a Time --
  • The Washingtong Post puts them all in one place: a collection of the many falsehoods underlying the Trump campaign. Is this the new politics? -- Trump’s Pinocchio Ratings --
  • The New York Times writes on the art and science of political contradiction–-something that Trump has refined and we all need to deal with. -- Trump, Truth and the Power of Contradiction --
  • An article from the Atlantic, for comparison with the previous posts on likely Clinton and Trump foreign policies--Obama's views. Expect change! -- The Obama Doctrine --
  • From the New York Times, a great in-depth article for those who would like to know how a President Clinton might approach security issues. -- Clinton on Security Issues --
  • From Foreign Policy: time to put ridicule aside and seriously ask what the Trump "phenomenon" could mean for US foreign policy. -- Trump's Foreign Policy --
  • The New York Times shares an intriguing idea for reforming elections in ways that could empower compromise-oriented candidates. -- Exploring Majority Rule --
  • The Guardian shares an interesting and in-depth exploration of an important question: When does history do more harm than good? -- The Cult of Memory --
  • An interesting article from the Harvard Business Review: "How Emotional Intelligence Became a Key Leadership Skill" -- Emotional Intelligence and Leadership --
  • The Atlantic writes on another big and not widely considered contributor to the inequality problem--luck. -- Luck Matters --
  • The New York Times shares a sad, but all too common, story of victims of discrimination who are also perpetrators of discrimination in discussion race and religion in Algeria. -- Black in Algeria? --
  • The Washington Post writes on a surprising and important contributor to economic weakness-–more prudent consumers. -- The Economy’s Real Drag: Consumers --
  • The New York Times shares an excellent Nick Kristof article asking liberals to consider how they are contributing to our conflict problems. -- Liberal Intolerance --

Pages