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  • The Washington Post shares a piece by Charles Koch, and if there is such a thing as a peace feeler in US politics, this may be it. It ought to be vigorously pursued.
    Where Koch and Sanders Agree --
  • Foreign Affairs shares a rare and potentially quite instructive story of a successful effort to oppose the Islamic state, writing on how Jordan has prevented large-scale attacks.
    ISIS Meets its Match --
  • The Atlantic gives a timely reminder that we really do know important things about what makes relationships work: kindness and generosity are crucial.
    Kindness Makes Relationships Work --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks shares great stats putting immigration fears in proper context.
    Reality on Immigration --
  • By examining why people don't marry across party lines, PRI provides more evidence that the partisan divide has emerged as the biggest and most bitter fault line in US society.
    Partisan Divides in Personal Lives --
  • The Atlantic shares stories of the grassroots efforts of working-class communities to meet the challenges that they face, following a three-year journey of learning.
    The Renewal of the Working Class --
  • PBS Frontline shares new Syria statistics, showing it to be a type of catastrophe comparable with weapon of mass destruction nightmares. We must learn how to prevent such catastophes.
    Syria's Deathtoll --
  • The Washington Post's thoughtful essay and links explain how the structure of US presidential democracy is contributing to its problems.
    "Presidentialist" Democracy --
  • In the New York Times, Thomas Friedman shares a sobering inventory of emerging foreign policy challenges, and we need to know how each presidential candidates will respond.
    The Many Mideast Solutions --
  • Table Mag shares a great essay on "triumphalist religiosity," a belief system that exceeds the bounds of tolerance and coexistence.
    Triumphalist Religiosity --
  • As a counterpoint to widespread Obama bashing, David Brooks offers a thoughtful reflections on the positive aspects of his presidency in the New York Times.
    Obama's Highlights --
  • The Atlantic provides an excellent retrospective on Human Terrain Teams and efforts to integrate the social sciences and military operations.
    Academics in Foxholes --
  • Foreign Policy shares an interesting approach to public education: a BA in international relations in five minutes!
    International Affairs Degree in Five Minutes --
  • VOX EU shares a free mini-book on secular stagnation for those trying to understand the mysteries amd threats of today's economy, exploring facts, causes, and cures.
    Secular Stagnation --
  • The New York Times gives a strong argument for the conservative side of a 99% coalition for campaign-finance reform, begging the question, what about liberals' proposals?
    Campaign Reform Coalition --
  • Foreign Policy makes a persuasive argument that the treatment of women is one of the best predictors of state stability.
    Empowered Women, Stable State --
  • In his TED Talk, Wael Ghonim asks the all important question: how can social media help revolutions succeed, and not just happen?
    Social Media and Successful Revolutions --
  • The Augean Stables writes on a new option for Israeli-Palestinian peace in the face of today's intractability--the "Peace When" movement.
    Peace When --
  • Five Thiry Eight shares persuasive charts documenting the intergenerational stability of inequality and have/have-not tensions.
    The Intergeneraltional Stability of Inequality --
  • The New York Times gives an insightful exploration of how both parties lost the white middle-class and made today's politics more extreme.
    Losing the White Middle Class --
  • In The New York Times David Brooks shares more sophisticated polling, highlighting the different constituencies to which Trump and Cruz appeal.
    The Appeals of Trump and Cruz --
  • The New York Times points out that Britain's David Cameron outlines a comprehensive, conservative approach to poverty. Where are US conservatives when it comes to doing the same in the U.S.?
    A Conservative Approach to Poverty --
  • Pew Research sheds light on a new world (and conflict problem): NEETs– young people who are neither employee nor an education or training.
    Niether an Employee nor in Education or Training --
  • The Washington Post has recommended international relations books individually for each of the presidential candidates based on what they need to know.
    Recommended Reading for Presidential Hopefuls --
  • In case you needed proof, The Week points out that the F-35 and its surrouding scandals demonstrate the military-industrial complex is alive and well.
    The F-35 and the Military Industrial Complex --