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  • For those interested in neuropsychology and conflict, The Atlantic's essay on how poverty changes the way that people think can shed light on what is rational.
    Poverty and Decision Making --
  • Thi New York Times must-read article explainins why efforts to strengthen the social safety net don’t have more political support, as more blue states turn red.
    Red States and Social Safety Nets --
  • Foreign Policy shares an especially thoughtful essay on how to realistically (and less hysterically) frame the terrorism problem, examining what we know and often don't consider about terrorism.
    Truths about Terrorism --
  • Gallup shares a largely hopeful global survey of public opinions regarding democracy, conducted this past November.
    Global Views on Democracy --
  • NPR's podcast has a really engaging explanation of how stereotyping influences our behavior, sharing the story of poker player Annie Duke and the effect of gender steretoypes on her work.
    Our Behavior and Stereotypes --
  • The New York Times shares a persuasive article explaining why we need to improve society’s ability to wisely regulate genetic technology, discussing legilslation, research, and public conversation.
    Regulating Assisted Evolution --
  • The Atlantic desribes a much more constructive way of continuing the inevitable conflict over same-sex marriage and related issues, taking a long-term view of what the effects of this culture war could be.
    Engaging Perspectives on Sexuality --
  • MISH'S Global Economic Trend Analysis gives two informative reports on the impact that the coming generation of robots will have on labor markets and conflict, discussing both deflationary force and automation.
    Robots and a Changing Economy --
  • The Washigont Post's fact-checker article describes the misleading political debate on the mass incarceration problem, examining both parties' claims.
    Fact-checking the Mass Incarceration Debate --
  • The New York Times explains how a new word, “ScamPAC," describes a new phenomena in American politics: political action committees that foster hostility for financial gain.
    Rebel Political Action Committees --
  • The Atlantic gives a persuasive argument dispelling the myth that US culture wars may be ending with “progressive” victory, sharing data from across the country.
    Liberals are Losing the Culture Wars --
  • As The Atlantic describes, the startling increase in white middle-class death rates reveals an underlying despair, and this phenomenon is driving US political conflict.
    Middle-class Deaths of Despair --
  • Vox gives an example of the way in which positive and negative feedback loops contribute to the United States’ political divide as well as growing inequality.
    Feedback Loops of Inequality --
  • The Search for Common Ground describes a mass communication-based strategy for changing the way in which the people of Nepal think about governance: A theater piece called Madam Prime Minister.
    Nepal's Mass Communication on Governance --
  • The Washington Post's discussion of the Syrian conflict though conflict mapping is an interesting and positive development in the mainstream US press.
    Conflict Mapping Syria --
  • In considering Palestinian perspective, the Jewish Magazine Mosaic asks a hard question worth considering: Might Oslo’s failure stem from a misunderstanding of Palestinian goals?
    What are Palestinians' Goals? --
  • The New York Times came out with a major article on arbitration, explaining that there is a problem with sugarcoating injustice in the United States.
    Arbitration and Justice --
  • The Atlantic's analysis of Russian histpry and contemporary Russia explains that in order to understand a rival or an adversary, it’s important to understand their core interests.
    Understanding Interests --
  • The Washington Post shares a sad case of an activist's murder in Israel, highlighting the role that social media is playing in fomenting hate, and causes us to ask what can be done.
    Spreading Hate through Social Media --
  • In discussing experimental thinking in the CIA, Foreign policy gives an interesting example of how to institutionalize “outside-the-box” thinking.
    Transformative Thinking in Intelligence --
  • The Washington Post provides a good overview article with excellent links on the debate over “microaggressions” and larger social justice efforts, exploring recent debates around the concept.
    Microagressions and a Culture of Victimhood --
  • The Atlantic explains the surprising progress that the 2010 Plain Writing Act has made in the war against inscrutable, jargon-laden writing in government - something that would be good to extend to academia, as well.
    Needlessly Complex Writing --
  • Thomas Edsall shares a hopeful story of how Citizens United is leading to innovative efforts to address the problem of money in politics in the New York Times, describing the current state of campaign finance in detail.
    A Silver Lining to Citizens United? --
  • As the Arms Control Association explains, the ongoing modernization of the “triad,” or the strategic nuclear arsenal, demonstrates that nuclear weapons are not just a relic of the Cold War.
    A Modern Nuclear Arsenal --
  • The New York Times shares disturbing stories of law schools exploiting students through exorbitant costs of education - something everyone in higher education should fight against.
    The Law School Debt Crisis --

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