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November 23, 2016
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How NOT to Avoid Political Conversations at Your Holiday Dinner

by Karen Ross
Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

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Are you hoping you can avoid political conversations with family at the holiday dinner table or are you dreading a confrontation with that know-it-all brother-in-law? The recent election cycle has made evident the deep divisions that exist in the United States. As we head into the holiday season, the desire to avoid political conversations is understandable. These are difficult discussions to have in any context, all the more so at a holiday dinner in the wake of an election campaign that has left people along the political spectrum feeling angry, fearful, joyful, arrogant, and dismissive. It is easy for conversations to turn into attacks that leave nobody feeling better and certainly don’t result in changes of opinion.

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November 23, 2016
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Democracy is Not Demonization

by Saadia Ahmad
Graduate Student of Conflict Resolution

I am a Muslim-American and a peacebuilder. In the aftermath of a polarizing election season, the victory of President-elect Donald Trump, and an onslaught of violent hate crimes and proposed policies threatening human rights, I am struggling to simultaneously maintain my commitment to both roles and identities.

Read Ahmad’s full column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

November 1, 2016
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What Displaced Colombians Living Abroad Think about the Peace Efforts

by Jeffrey Pugh
Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

Colombian flagThe peace deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group was rejected by less than a 0.5 percent margin in a referendum on Oct. 2.

This outcome shocked the world and defied the expectations of most external observers. The signed agreement to end the violence seemed all but complete, so its rejection by referendum makes the future of peace efforts uncertain.

Continue reading this post as it appeared in The Conversation.

October 26, 2016
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Peacemaker Uses 12-step Program to Guide His Reconciliation Projects Worldwide

This McCormack Graduate School senior fellow believes, “an addict is in the best position to help other addicts.” He uses the Alcoholics Anonymous’ 12-step recovery program as a model to bring conflict-ridden parties together to work out their differences.

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October 19, 2016
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5 Questions to Help Your Team Work Better Together and Resolve Conflict at Work

by Eben Weitzman
Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security, and Global Governance

finger pointing imageMore than ever, people today work in teams. The benefits of teams seem obvious: a greater diversity of knowledge and skill; more hands to help with the lift; more perspectives; and the synergy of people working together. And yet, unresolved conflicts in teams are common, and often at the heart of baffling, frustrating organizational problems.

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