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  • 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 --
  • The Pew Research Center provides informative new charts, highlighting the facts on income and wealth which lead to ineqaulity, today's big conflict.
    Visualizing Ineqaulity --
  • The Wall Street Journal explains how the sage grous agreement worked, suggesting that negotiation really is possible in the face of conflict.
    Negotiation Exists: The Sage Grouse Agreement --
  • The New York Times gives evidence that the problems afflicting US democracy also afflict emerging democracies like South Africa’s, including inequality an unemployment.
    What Happened to South African Democracy --
  • Gallup shows that 49% now feel threatened by the federal government, asking what it will take for the government to re-earn the public’s trust.
    Americans Feel Threatened by the Government --
  • The Wasington Post shares a map developed by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum which highlights the risk that ongoing conflicts could escalate to genocidal levels.
    Mapping the Risk of Genocide --
  • As the New York Times explains, despite the horrors of the Euro crisis and austerity, the Greeks are teaching us something about compassion in the face of the current refugee crisis.
    Battered Greece and Its Refugee Lesson --
  • In examining school reform in Newark, NPR gives a case study of how lack of attention to conflict dynamics can lead to missed opportunities.
    Conflict Dynamics in Newark School Reform --
  • The New York Times gives another example of the moral crisis of the “having it all and wanting more” culture: a spike in the price of a drug which some need to live.
    Drug Goes From $13.50 a Tablet to $750, Overnight --
  • In the context of the presidential race and changing GOP rules, the New York Times explains that structural changes in conflict processes influence the outcome in ways that may not be desirable.
    Party Rules to Streamline Race May Backfire for G.O.P --

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