Monthly Archives: November 2010

Top Ten Biases in How We See Reality in Conflict

It is critical in conflict that we understand the typical biases we face in making decisions and handling the conflict. This posting draws heavily on the work Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky on biases and heuristics,  and also the work … Continue reading

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Conflict Book Review: Neil Sheehan: A Fiery Peace in a Cold War

I guess for all my interest in preventing wars, I am still a bit of a military nerd from my teens, and so I loved this book for that reason and read it very quickly. But Sheehan also wrote one … Continue reading

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Another View on North Korea

Note: This blog does not agree with the Wikileaks posting of diplomatic documents as there are good reasons why some conflict and other discussions should be off the record and remain that way, as our correspondent Victor advocates in his comments to … Continue reading

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Conflict Resolution Strategy: Avoiding Escalation

I am fascinated by escalation in conflict. Roy Bauermeister’s book on ‘Evil: Inside Human Violence and Cruelty’ cites I recall some experiments in which identical minor negative actions done to one or by one are evaluated differently. (This is Roy:) … Continue reading

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Real Debate on Real Subjects

There are some really excellent debates on major current world conflicts at: http://intelligencesquaredus.org/ I think you can watch them for free on the Bloomberg TV link I don’t know the recent Tony Blair-Christopher Hitchens debate on religion will be on … Continue reading

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Conflict Landscapes: Re-post

I posted this piece earlier this year and what is happening in Korea, in Palestine/Israel and in the US political scene seems to make it ever more relevant and so I am re-posting it. Clearly some societies and situations are … Continue reading

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Recent Chinese Activities in Japanese Waters

Another interesting barometer of Chinese intentions and cause of likely Japanese response

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Democracy in America

I thought this blog in The Economist worth reproducing in full: Republican foreign policy and the New START treaty Power and ideas Nov 23rd 2010, 17:09 by D.L. | PHILADELPHIA YESTERDAY I wrote that Republican opposition to ratification of the New … Continue reading

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Brave New World: Amusing Ourselves to Death

‘What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive … Continue reading

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North Korean Crisis: November 2010

It is more risky to comment on an immediate conflict crisis. But here goes. I don’t doubt that this emerging crisis is going to be hard to manage, but suggest the following might be born in mind: Demonizing North Korea, … Continue reading

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