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  • Foreign Policy offers a thoughtful exploration of the feasibility of using nonviolent techniques to challenge the Islamic State. -- Confronting ISIS with Non-Violence --
  • The Washington Post's analysis is for those on the left who want to go beyond blaming the right, to start asking how they themselves contribute to the problem. -- Multiple Sides of Crisis --
  • The International New York Times shares an excellent exploration of the complex, high-tech relationship between the human and natural environments. -- The Unnatural Kingdom --
  • In the New York Times, David Brooks shares an interesting essay on the conflict over how to deal with conflict. Which side do you support? -- Conflict Over Handling Conflict --
  • The University of California newsroom has published a good essay on the limits of rationality (and the limits of rationality-oriented approaches to conflict). -- You're Not as Rational as You Think --
  • Foreign Affairs shares an analysis of strategic complexities and associated danger, with a focus on Saudi Arabia. This is intractability! -- Crisis in Saudi Arabia --
  • The Guardian shares a must-read essay for anyone tempted to demonize Trump supporters. Understanding their motivations is critical, and this article helps us to do that. -- Why Trump Supporters are Trump Supporters --
  • George Lakoff writes in Reader Supported News with an important essay on the often misunderstood factors responsible for the rise of Donald Trump. -- Why Trump? --
  • The New York Times writes on what may be the single biggest cause of the world's troubles: too many young people, and not enough opportunities for them. -- Too Many Young People --
  • The Washington Post shares a succinct argument explaining why the West is on the cusp of a major historical turning point, looking at the current U.S. election. -- The End of the West as We Know It --
  • The American Interest shares seven realistic, concrete things that we can all do (and ask other to do) to start depolarizing our society. -- Tools for Depolarization --
  • Pew Research shows stunning graphics demonstrating the astonishing variation in cultural norms around the world. We've got to make diversity work! -- Diversity in Moral Norms --
  • For English speakers, Harper One provides a new translation and window into the complexities of Islamic thought in their Study Quran. -- The Study Quran - In English --
  • The Washington Post publishes a reminder that, where feasible, defense is a better way of responding to threat than offense, sharing Israel as a case study. -- In Israel, Defense before Offense --
  • The Atlantic shares another violent scenario for the US election. In thinking about the way things could turn out, we really need to start thinking about what might be done! -- On the Brink of Violence --
  • For those who have wondered about the climate impacts of jet set lifestyles Five Thirty Eight has some sobering answers - and a bit of hope. -- Jetsetting and Climate Change --
  • Foreign Policy imagines one violent scenario for the US presidential election. In light of this possibility, is it time for peacebuilders to get actively involved? -- Election Violence in the U.S.? --
  • Lawfare writes on Trump as a national security threat, providing another reason for peacebuilders to address US political dysfunction. -- Trump as a National Security Threat --
  • The Scientific American makes a provocative argument that political bias in the social sciences is preventing us from answering the hard questions, looking at the lack of political diversity in American universities. -- The Social Sciences are Politically Biased --
  • In examining the rise of Trump, Vox shares a persuasive analysis of political authoritarianism and the threat it poses to democracy and US society. -- The Threat of Authoritarianism --
  • The Atlantic shows evidence that much of Trump's support comes from those who feel excluded from the political process. How can we provide more constructive participation options for these individuals? -- Trump's Supporters: The Excluded --
  • For anyone trying to understand the Trump phenomena, The New York Times shares another authoritative Edsall article with lots of links to informative content. -- Why Trump Now? --
  • Wait but Why shares a great animated graphic on the coming revolution in computing power, and the conflict implications of this are enormous. -- Computers Catching Up --
  • Thomas Edsall in the New York Times shares a thorough analysis of the possibility of a populist coalition on the left and the right. -- The Trump-Sanders Fantasy --
  • The Washington Post writes on a new word: "third offset strategy." It refers to a new, ultra high-tech arms race, with things like swarming robot killer drones. -- Killer Robots --