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  • The Atlantic shares thoughtful public comments on the complex and difficult issues associated with protection of victims of the microagression framework.
    Microagressions and 'Victimhood Culture" --
  • Brookings explains a key factor behind US political conflict: when adjustied for inflation, the typical male worker earned less in 2014 than in 1973.
    Decreasing Earnings --
  • The Washington Post shars a surreal and seemingly unlikely story of cross-cultural conflict among Islamic State fighters.
    Intra-Islamic State Conflict --
  • Foreign Policy shares the news that the US is developing war plans for Russia - as Boulding saw stable peace as the absence of war plans, this is worrisome.
    War Plans for Russia Worrisome for Stable Peace --
  • According the the New York Times, Democarcy may be in trouble - people are increasingly dissillusioned and frustrated. It is important, then, to ask what the field of peace and conflict can do to help.
    Democracy is in Trouble --
  • The Atlantic explains the plight of underpaid adjunct faculty, giving evidence that downward pressure on wages also afflicts the educated.
    The Plight of Adjunct Faculty --
  • This thoughtful Atlantic article examines the conflict the framework of microagressions, and its success as a sound framework.
    Conflict Over the Microaggression Framework --
  • The New York Times examines an America that seems obsessed with wanting to be “great again," and suggests that it may instead be time for some humility instead.
    Making America Great Again? --
  • The New York Times' compelling infographic documenting the scope of the Syrian tragedy emphasizes the need for a peacemaking strategy that works.
    Documenting the Syrian Tragedy --
  • The New York Times gives an informative review of the third wave democratization, covering the global steps that have been taken both toward and away from democracy since 1970.
    Towards and Away from Democracy --
  • 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 --