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  • Former treasury secretary Larry Summers shares this good (but heavy) Washington Post article on the global economy, which has profound implications for have/have-not conflict. -- The Global Economy is in Trouble --
  • By examining government dietary guides, the Washington Post gives a reminder of scientific limits, and the need to always consider the possibility that what we think we may be wrong. -- What We Think We Know --
  • David Brooks in the New York Times provides strong argument that universities should do more to address the big moral issues - and the conflicts associate with them. -- The Big University --
  • The Washington Post tells about South Carolina’s 1000 year rain, which serves as a reminder that we need to worry about low probability, but high consequence, conflicts. -- Low Probability, High Consequence --
  • Environmentalists tell us to trust the science - and rightly so. This surprising article about the science of recycling, then, gives us some important numbers to consider. -- The Reign of Recycling --
  • The Atlantic provides gun-control advocates with a revealing look at the other side of the debate, while not demonizing their position. -- Both Sides of the Gun Control Debate --
  • By examining the intellectucal history of Trump supporters, this great National Jounral article on the “Middle American Radicals” offers real insight into the nature of the US political divide. -- Middle American Radicals --
  • Vox's informative gun violence infographics put gun violence in the United States into context, and give us things to think hard about. -- Explaining Gun Violence --
  • The Washington Post's excellent, in-depth look at the Islamic State explains how it functions, highlighting the conquering role of outsiders. -- Life in the Islamic State --
  • In examining China's dominance in the South China Sea, Foreign Policy demonstrates another reason why it’s a mistake to neglect the continuing threat of superpower military confrontations. -- China's Power in the South China Sea --
  • In the New York Times, Nick Kristof explains that in concentrating on continuing intractable problems, we should not lose sight of the progress that’s been made: we have recently seen great decliens in poverty, illiteracy, and disease. -- We Are Making Progress, After All --
  • With a sobering calendar showing the 294 mass shootings we've had in the last 274 days, the Washington Post explains how gun violence reflects a complex and intractable series of problems that simple gun control can’t fix. -- Gun Violence: An Intractable Problem --
  • NPR gives an informative account of the evolution of the Islamic state, following the origins of its special brand of unspeakable violence. -- The Origins of ISIS --
  • Pew Research provides a great infographic on the state the news media, which is important to keep track of as it plays such an important role in shaping our views on conflict. -- The Challenges of News Media --
  • Thomas Edsall in the New York Times makes the persuasive argument that party lines and identity-group voting dominate at all levels of elections in the United States. -- What if All Politics Is National? --
  • The Blog Math with Bad Drawings shares a cute info graphic highlighting the ways different professions distort probabilities. -- Probably - Depending on Your Profession --
  • The Atlantic gives a strong argument for free speech on campus: far from only creating conflict, intractable conflicts can’t be constructively addressed without it. -- Free Speech on College Campuses --
  • The New York Times provides more evidence that we still can’t face hard truths about today’s Middle East and the United States' role in the region. -- Military Analyst Again Raises Red Flags on Progress in Iraq --
  • The Pew Research Center provides informative new charts, highlighting the facts on income and wealth which lead to ineqaulity, today's big conflict. -- Visualizing Ineqaulity --
  • The Wall Street Journal explains how the sage grous agreement worked, suggesting that negotiation really is possible in the face of conflict. -- Negotiation Exists: The Sage Grouse Agreement --
  • The New York Times gives evidence that the problems afflicting US democracy also afflict emerging democracies like South Africa’s, including inequality an unemployment. -- What Happened to South African Democracy --
  • Gallup shows that 49% now feel threatened by the federal government, asking what it will take for the government to re-earn the public’s trust. -- Americans Feel Threatened by the Government --
  • The Wasington Post shares a map developed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum which highlights the risk that ongoing conflicts could escalate to genocidal levels. -- Mapping the Risk of Genocide --
  • As the New York Times explains, despite the horrors of the Euro crisis and austerity, the Greeks are teaching us something about compassion in the face of the current refugee crisis. -- Battered Greece and Its Refugee Lesson --
  • In examining school reform in Newark, NPR gives a case study of how lack of attention to conflict dynamics can lead to missed opportunities. -- Conflict Dynamics in Newark School Reform --