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  • Foreign Policy details the most recent Peace Prize: to Tunisian civil society for helping us learn how to make revolutions genuinely advance the common good. -- A Peace Prize for Tunisia --
  • With this quick exercise, the Washington Post gives an excellent explanation of how the mathematics of human interaction can lead to widespread misperceptions about groups views. -- Testing our Perceptions of Group Views --
  • The Atlantic provides great ideas on how to live in a world of irreducible risk and uncertainty. -- Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty --
  • Project Syndicate shares an article about and links to a major new study on how to make the R2P (Right to Protect) movement succeed. -- Right to Protect --
  • In the Washington Post, Dennis suggests a way of navigating the complexities of the Syrian crisis that realistically might limit the tragedy, and warns against implementing only "half-measures." -- Navigating the Complexities of Syria --
  • Thomas Edsall in the New York Times explains that Democrats are increasingly becoming the party of the rich, and explores what that says about the future of US political conflict in an increasingly polarized system. -- Favorites of the Rich: Democrats --
  • In light of new EPA regulations, the New York Times gives a sobering reminder that today’s big environmental laws predate our awareness of the climate change problem. -- Modernizing Environmental Laws --
  • 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 --