The Polarization Report Is Out

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BEYOND CONFLICT

Beyond Conflict combines 28 years of experience in conflict prevention, resolution, and reconciliation with the latest cognitive and behavioral science. Our team addresses the urgent need to better understand how humans think through the application of rigorous science matched to the needs and input of real-world communities.

IN THE NEWS & FROM THE BLOG

Is reconciliation in a divided America possible? Look to Northern Ireland to see what could happen.

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Dr. Michael Pasek, Program and Research Lead at Beyond Conflict

Why White Supremacists and Christian Nationalists Tried to Subvert American Democracy

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Sana Vaidya, Beyond Conflict Graduate Fellow

The two-step recipe for positive change: humility and active listening

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Self-help tool reduces refugees' psychological distress and mental health stigma

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Polarization & Division

Polarization & Division

Polarization has always been a feature of American politics, but now the United States is now experiencing unprecedented and dangerous levels of it. Democrats and Republicans do not just disagree over policies. Increasingly, they view each other through an “us versus them” lens, more common in intractable conflict settings. If left unaddressed, toxic polarization will continue to weaken the United States domestically and around the world. Beyond Conflict aims to create accurate, accessible, and actionable measurements and tools to reduce polarization.
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Mental Health & Armed Conflict

Mental Health & Armed Conflict

The civil war in Syria is one of our time’s defining conflicts, and the mental health toll is catastrophic. Beyond Conflict has created a mental health intervention, The Field Guide for Barefoot Psychology, that captures and reframes the current science of chronic stress, psychological trauma, grief and loss, shame, and hopelessness in an accessible and user-friendly handbook and mobile application for refugees and those working with them.
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Racism
& Exclusion

Racism
& Exclusion

Racism and dehumanization, like other forms of exclusion, are not inherent to our human nature but learned, and therefore can be changed and measurably reduced. Yet most approaches aimed at reducing them do not take into account the psychological factors and brain mechanisms that underlie and shape exclusionary behavior and beliefs. Beyond Conflict works both in the United States and abroad to design and test strategies to reduce racism and dehumanization.
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Polarization & Division

Polarization has always been a feature of American politics, but now the United States is now experiencing unprecedented and dangerous levels of it. Democrats and Republicans do not just disagree over policies. Increasingly, they view each other through an “us versus them” lens, more common in intractable conflict settings. If left unaddressed, toxic polarization will continue to weaken the United States domestically and around the world. Beyond Conflict aims to create accurate, accessible, and actionable measurements and tools to reduce polarization.
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