LinkedIn asked its regular posters to think about what it calls #BigIdea2019. I don't normally make New Year's resolutions or predictions. But here's my big wish. I'll do what I can to make it happen.
An Architecture for American Peacebuilding Last week, two of my AfP colleagues and I joined about 70 other people at George Mason University’s Point of View retreat center to take the first steps toward building what we are calling an “architecture for peace” in the United States. The conference was run held using strict Chatham House rules, so I can’t talk much about the specifics of what took place. I can however, talk about What we mean by an architecture for peace Some concrete steps we have already taken and others whose next steps will follow soon and will be discussed in future blog posts I first began thinking of the importance of workshops like this when I attended the launch of Douglas Irvin-Erickson’s [...]
A Republic, If We Can Keep It Last week, I was lucky to be invited to a conference, A Republic If We Can Keep It organized by Cornell University’s Center for the Study of Inequality and the New America Foundation. There were only about fifty people in the room at any one time, so we had plenty of time to discuss many of the tough issues that some think are putting American democracy in danger. And, we had quite a crew, including some top academics, journalists, and some anti-Trump republicans. The organizers hoped that adding insights from comparative politics experts could help Americanists understand our turbulent times, which is why I was invited. But, as we dug into [...]
An Architecture for Conflict Prevention in the US I am sitting in on—and occasionally helping teach—a graduate seminar on the ways theories of atrocity prevention could be used to address pressing issues in the United States. The instructor, Doug Irvin-Erickson, is using the course to help create what is known as an “architecture” for preventing such acts that we will gradually build after the semester is over, starting with a small workshop in May. We do not start with the assumption that the United States is in danger of any kind of genocide or that any such tragedy that were to happen here would resemble anything the world has seen before. However, as anyone who has read [...]