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  • The New York Times gives a rare and valuable perspective on the history of terrorism, examining why terrorism is the way it is today.
    A History of Terrorism --
  • The Guardian gives an example of real progress in the effort to combat conflict minerals and the “resource curse:” a mulit-stakeholder process of supply chain validation.
    Combating Conflict Minerals --
  • The New York Times provides sobering reflections on the relationship between resource competition and genocide, examining historical and contemporpary cases.
    Resource Competition and Genocide --
  • The New York Times argues that problems handling intractable conflict seem to be undermining the appeal of Western democratic values, as doubts increase and assumptions are exposed.
    Doubt in Western Democratic Values --
  • The Washington Post describes an interesting and hopeful effort by Iraqis to stem the violence by applying peacebuilding ideals to a still-difficult conflict situation.
    Peacebuilding in Iraq --
  • Robert Reich suggests that we need to focus more on public morality rather than private morality in order to restore our democracy and economy.
    The Importance of Public Morality --
  • Amnesty International summarizes data on the current refugee crisis, putting the situation into context in a way that highlights its gravity.
    Amnesty International's Statistics on the Refugee Crisis --
  • In his New York Times editorial, David Brooks examines what the rise of independent figures in contemporary politics might mean for political parties and governing coalitions.
    The Collapse of Political Parties in Coalition-Building --
  • In the New York Times, Ryan T. Anderson asks what “coexistence” means in the context of US culture wars, as seen most recently in conflicts over same-sex marriage.
    Coexistence in the Context of Culture Wars --
  • Bruce Bartlett's Washington Post article examines the ways in which Donald Trump's political strategy could pit voting blocks against one another, further fragmenting an already fractured system.
    Trump's Divisive Political Strategy --
  • The Economic Policy Institute examines why we see wage stagnation even during times of growth in productivity.
    The Disconnect Between Productivity Growth and Worker Pay --
  • This provocative Atlantic Essay raises big questions about trigger warnings, microagressions, and how to teach about topics like emotionally charged, intractable conflicts.
    Teaching Triggering Topics --
  • This insightful Edsall essay in the New York Times describes the Trump phenomena in terms of the US big fault lines: diversity and discrimination.
    Diversity, Discrimination, and the Trump Phenomena --
  • This Washington Post article examines how the lopsided gener ratio of higher education graduates effects geneder equity and family conflict.
    Dating and Gender Ratios in Higher Ed Graduates --
  • In a New York Times Op-Ed, Jamie Holmes argues that teaching uncertainty encourages curiosity and prevents warped understandings of a field.
    Teaching What We Don't Know --
  • Barbara Reynolds, civil rights activist and authors, shares a great comparison of the Black Lives Matter movement and the nonviolent civil rights movement of the 1960s in the Washington Post.
    Civil Rights Movements --
  • The Harvard Business Review gives a thoughtful essay asking why we continue to select leaders that lack the capacity to lead - we may confuse signs of confidence with competence.
    Incompetent Leaders --
  • In the Washington Post, professor of Islamic Studies Ebrahim Moosa examines why so many people are drawn to join the Islamic State.
    What Makes the Islamic State Attractive? --
  • The Washington Post examines the promise of cultural diversity and cross fertilization in the face of the perils of cultural appropriation.
    Spanning Cultural Divides --
  • This Atlantic article argues that social skills such as handling conflict may be even more important to career success than STEM-based skills.
    Social Skills Essential to Career Success --
  • Gallup's surprising poll indicates how different US demographic groups think about have/have not issues, and how they percieve themselves.
    Perception as Haves or Have-Nots --
  • This New York Times Review covers Dale Russakoff's "The Prize," a book examining the challenges facing education reform efforts, using Newark as a case study.
    A Window into the Challenges of Education Reform --
  • The Atlantic explains that government spending on infrastructure has been in sharp decline for years. Given the collapsing US support for the “commons” on which we all depend, what can be done?
    Failure to Invest in Infrastructure --
  • The New York Times examines the increasingly frequent use of video cameras in policing and the effects of this trend.
    Cameras and Accountability in Policing --
  • In light of recent controversies , the Washington Post discusses the practical difficulties associated with the guarantee of religious freedom.
    How Should Religious Freedom Work? --

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