Category Archives: Conflict History

Conflict in practices: lessons from world history

Brexit Chest Thumping Versus Skilled Negotiation: Jonathan Powell

At last a piece of Brexit analysis by someone who has done many difficult negotiations in the past and who has learned from them: Stop the Brexit chest thumping: successful negotiators build trust. The UK must refrain from overplaying its … Continue reading

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Gettysburg Address: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Redux

Once again it feels like we are in a political Civil (or even uncivil) War, once again at Gettysburg: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated … Continue reading

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Wars of the 20th and 21st Centuries: Piero Scaruffi

Useful information from Pierro Scarfuri: Wars and Casualties of the 20th and 21st Centuries (slowly extending it back to the 19th century as i find data)by Piero Scaruffi 160 million people died in wars during the 20th century (See also … Continue reading

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“Learning to Die in the Anthropocene” by Roy Scranton

Well I just read in one sitting Roy Scranton’s “Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of a Civilization” (Hint the book is not about individual, but imminent civilizational mortality and can be summed up in one … Continue reading

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Pseudo-Revolutions from Above: Former Soviet Union and Trump’s America

Some history people don’t understand, at least as I see it. The fall of the former Soviet Union as described in “Revolution from Above: The Demise of the Soviet System” by David M. Kotz was not a bottom up revolution, … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Barbarians

I lived for a bit, but did not suffer, under military dictatorship in Turkey, briefly the same in Greece, and visited Spain under Franco and I worked against the torture of prisoners in Portugal under Salazar and in the former … Continue reading

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The Lights are Going Out All Over America and We May Not See Them Lit Again in Our Lifetimes

This is an extremely good and important article from Simon Kuper in the UK Financial Times, that could have been written specifically for my optimistic, it will all turn out right friend RH. I don’t think it will turn out … Continue reading

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