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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- For years, the Iranians have used fiery rhetoric about the destruction of Israel to mobilize support and deflect criticism. Following the most successful attack on Israel in decades, they now are having to decide whether they really mean it. --
- A look at one of those cases in which the intersectional left's anticolonial bifurcation of the world into oppressor and oppressed groups seems to make no sense. --
- Western views of Arab society often get one major thing wrong – Arab agency. --
- An important and controversial argument worth considering: the political left has its own authoritarian streak -- one that is not driven by the grandiose narcissism of Donald Trump, but rather something different -- vulnerable narcissism. --
- An analysis of the many ways in which the politics of Western democracies is likely to be influenced by the surprisingly intense conflict over whether Israel or Hamas is most deserving of support. --
As BI tries to understand the broader context surrounding today's most divisive and intractable conflicts, we have started to compile a list of Newsletters that offer important perspectives that supplement those provided by mainstream news sources.
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