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Recent Posts

From Me to We

April 21st, 2020|Comments Off on From Me to We

Starting with an internet meme my sister sent me, I explore the ways we can use the coronavirus epidemic to speed up the shift in the way we think from "me" first to "we" first. And, like the spread of the virus itself, maybe do at an exponential rate of growth.

Teachable Moments/Learnable Moments

April 1st, 2020|Comments Off on Teachable Moments/Learnable Moments

The coronavirus can be what we academics from the 1960s call a teachable moment. Read this post to see how and why we could make that happen.


March 17th, 2020|Comments Off on Coronavirus–1

One Peacebuilder's Take on the Coronavirus Sooner or later comes a crisis in our affairs, and how we meet it determines our future happiness and success. Since the beginning of [...]


February 27th, 2020|Comments Off on Identity

Identity issues have long been at the heart of both fields I work in--peacebuilding and comparative politics. Although I'll limit myself to peacebuilding here, the ways we define who "we" are go a long way toward causing so many of the problems we face in the world today but also point us toward ways we can solve those problems.

National History day

February 11th, 2020|Comments Off on National History day

Last week, I got to judge National History Day entries at my grandkids' elementary school. It got me thinking. A lot. Read about it here.

Peacebuilding Innovation American Style

February 5th, 2020|Comments Off on Peacebuilding Innovation American Style

Clayton Christensen's ideas have long shaped the way I think about peacebuilding. I've thought about that again since his death two weeks ago. Here are my current thoughts.

Young Peacebuilders

January 21st, 2020|Comments Off on Young Peacebuilders

As a veteran of the 1960s peace and civil rights movements, I'm always glad to see a new generation aim to do us one better. Here are some initiatives being undertaken by young peacebuilders that give me hope.


January 10th, 2020|Comments Off on Iran

We are facing yet another foreign policy crisis in our relationship with Iran. Two things happened yesterday that (re)shaped and (re)focused my thinking.


December 30th, 2019|Comments Off on Oman

Just before Christmas, I spent a week in Oman, while attending a retreat on reconciliation. The trip taught me a lot about peacebuilding, starting with the country itself.

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