Beyond Intractability in Context Blog
From around the web, more insight into the nature of our conflict problems, limits of business-as-usual thinking, and things people are doing to try to make things better.
Beyond Intractability's efforts to promote more constructive approaches to conflict occur within the larger context of efforts to promote wise and equitable solutions to a broad range of social problems. This blog highlights readable news and opinion articles, "infographics" and reports that help us understand the costs--and hence, urgency -- of the conflict problem, the dynamics that make it so difficult, alternative responses, and innovative success stories about people who have successfully confronted various aspects of the problem in different settings.
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- As geopolitical tensions rise, we may be tempted to take refuge in the simplistic bipolar, thinking of the Cold War. However, what we really need to do is learn how navigate an emerging multipolar world. -- America Is Too Scared of the Multipolar World
- A reminder that, even in a multi-polar world, coalition building dynamics can lead to dangerous polarization and, conceivably, a major confrontation between the authoritarianism and democracy. -- Putin Has Assembled an Axis of Autocrats Against Ukraine
- Another reminder that the global security situation is changing rapidly. If we don't find a way to adapt to these changes, we risk a breakdown of the system that has been protecting us from major power conflict. -- The U.S. Is Not Yet Ready for the Era of ‘Great Power’ Conflict
- For those thinking in terms of victory over, rather than accommodation with, the other side of the political divide, a warning about where this is taking us. -- Take Threats of ‘National Divorce’ Seriously
- More reflections on the Dominion lawsuit revelations and evidence that inflammatory media coverage is transforming the political environment in ways that we have yet to figure out how to reverse. -- Rupert Murdoch Rides the Trump Tiger — and Gets Eaten
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