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‘Dangerous speech continues to fuel violence in our communities. Science has suggested how we can stop it’17 May, 2021

By Micael Femi Sodipo and Karen Bernstein
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Sign the Peacebuilder’s Pledge Against the Use of Dangerous Speech6 May, 2021

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PAVING THE WAY FOR HEALING26 Apr, 2021

By Cameron Cassar, Mary Hoch Center for Reconciliation
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To Reduce Political Hostility, Civility Goes Further Than Compromise5 Apr, 2021

By Leonie Huddy and Omer Yair, the Behavioral Scientist
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America at the Crossroads: What we can learn from abroad23 Mar, 2021

By Harvard Law School
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Securing Democracy at Home — What We Can Learn From the Cold War2 Mar, 2021

By Elizabeth Hume & Tim Phillips, Alliance for Peacebuilding
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Is reconciliation in a divided America possible? Look to Northern Ireland to see what could happen.2 Feb, 2021

By Tim Phillips, Boston Globe
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America Is Not As Divided As You Think. Yes, Really2 Feb, 2021

By Shaun Adamec & Nat Kendall-Taylor, WBUR
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Opinion: Our divided times are an opportunity for empathy. Really.27 Jan, 2021

By Jamil Zaki, Robb Willer, Jan Gerrit Voelkel, Luiza Santos, The Washington Post
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New research shows the connection between political victimhood and White support for Trump27 Jan, 2021

By Miles T. Armaly, Adam M. Enders, The Washington Post
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¿ES POSIBLE UN CONFLICTO CIVIL EN ESTADOS UNIDOS?27 Jan, 2021

By Esther S. Sieteiglesias, La Razon
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Why sharing personal stories is more important than facts in bridging political divide27 Jan, 2021

By Kurt Gray, USA Today
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Protecting America’s borders: Christian nationalism, threat, and attitudes toward immigrants in the United States27 Jan, 2021

By Rosemary L. Al-Kire, Michael H. Pasek, Jo-Ann Tsang, Joseph Leman, Wade C. Rowatt, SAGE JOURNALS
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Announcing Joshua Martin as Beyond Conflict’s New Executive Director27 Jan, 2021

By Beyond Conflict, PR Newswire
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From Syria to Jordan to Mexico: complementary pathways provide hope for Syrian refugees15 Dec, 2020

By UNHCR
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The Divide Between Political Parties Feels Big. Fortunately, It’s Smaller Than We Think.15 Dec, 2020

By Michael Pasek & Samantha Moore-Berg, Behavioral Scientist
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Engaging in conversations and reframing conflict16 Nov, 2020

By MICHELLE L. BUCK, The Hill
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Biden’s best advice to Americans10 Nov, 2020

By Monitor's Editorial Board, The Christian Science Monitor
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Walmart removes guns and ammo from shelves over concerns about “civil unrest”2 Nov, 2020

By IGOR DERYSH, Salon
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Global Conflict Experts See Signs Of Potential Violence Around U.S. Election29 Oct, 2020

By Joel Rose, NPR
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Study Outlines Syrian Refugees’ Response to Psychoeducation Intervention Program21 Oct, 2020

By Mary Stroka, Psychiatry Advisor
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Self-help tool reduces refugees’ psychological distress and mental health stigma8 Oct, 2020

By Beyond Conflict, PR Newswire
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Margaret Woolley Busse: Don’t let them divide us7 Oct, 2020

By Margaret Woolley Busse, The Salt Lake Tribune
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Ugly, Uglier, Ugliest: Migration at a Time of Covid7 Oct, 2020

By Tallberg Foundation
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How Extreme Political Division Cripples a Democracy and What To Do About It3 Sep, 2020

By Suzette Brooks Masters, American Immigration Council
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Science Behind Polarization31 Aug, 2020

By No Labels, Gridlock Break
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When you vote, you are choosing a president, not a friend24 Aug, 2020

By Algernon D'Ammassa, Las Cruces Sun-News
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How false fears drive anger in US voters21 Aug, 2020

By Monitor's Editorial Board, The Christian Science Monitor
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Joe Biden likes you21 Aug, 2020

By Ezra Klein, Vox
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Fear of the Economic Impact of Coronavirus is Associated with Perceived Animosity Between Republicans and Democrats17 Aug, 2020

By Beyond Conflict, PR Newswire
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Tim Phillips – A World Beyond Conflict10 Aug, 2020

By Love Extremist Radio
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Healing our divisions10 Aug, 2020

By Kathy Silverberg, Herald-Tribune
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In our opinion: Pretend political divides prevent America from making progress8 Jul, 2020

By Deseret News Editorial Board, Deseret News
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New Research Shows People Are Not As Divided Along Political Lines As They Think29 Jun, 2020

By Hannah Allam, NPR
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I’m Not Hateful, You Are29 Jun, 2020

By David French, The Dispatch
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New Research: Americans Are Not As Divided As They Believe25 Jun, 2020

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‘Us Vs. Them’ In A Pandemic: Researchers Warn Divisions Could Get Dangerous17 Jun, 2020

By Hannah Allam, NPR
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Good news in politics: The other side hates you less than you think17 Jun, 2020

By Timothy Phillips, Boston Globe
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Confronting the emotional toll of covering COVID-1917 Jun, 2020

By Cynthya Gluck, The Groundtruth Project
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How to talk to your children about protests and racism17 Jun, 2020

By Sandee LaMotte, CNN
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Stanford psychologist identifies seven factors that contribute to American racism17 Jun, 2020

By Sandra Feder, Stanford News
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From Minneapolis to Facebook Feeds, Police Protests are Roiling our Psyches17 Jun, 2020

By Timothy Meinch, Discover Magazine
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Opinion: Why the Trump Ploy Stopped Working1 May, 2020

By David Brooks, The New York Times
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Epigenetics and Empiricism, w/ Mike Niconchuk25 Feb, 2020

By Naama Kates Incel Podcast >
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Collective Healing: Trauma In Baltimore And Beyond20 Feb, 2020

By WES MOORE & MARK GUNNERY
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Self-help tool helps Syrians deal with the trauma of war20 Feb, 2020

By MICHELLE MILLER, VIDYA SINGH CBS >
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How to talk someone out of bigotry12 Feb, 2020

By Brian Resnick Vox >
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What Happens When You Tell Your Story and I Tell Mine17 Jan, 2020

By By Zaid Jilani, Greater Good‘s Bridging Differences Writing Fellow
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Surprise! Research Says You Shouldn’t Shy Away From Politics At Thanksgiving Dinner2 Dec, 2019

By Timothy Phillips, CEO and Founder of Beyond Conflict Cognoscenti >
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Beyond Conflict founder Tim Phillips on peace, tribalism, and conflict around the world24 Jun, 2019

He will speak as part of the SNF Agora Institute’s “Talking (and Listening) Across Divides” conference that takes place in Athens, Greece, on Wednesday During his career, Tim Phillips has learned a great deal about reconciliation and human behavior. One lesson in particular stands out: The Enlightenment was deeply flawed. “During the Enlightenment, scholars believed that humans are rational beings who happen to have emotions,” Phillips says. “In fact, the opposite is true—science is showing that we are highly emotional beings who happen to have moments of clarity.” It’s a lesson that’s been reinforced throughout the 27 years Phillips has spent leading the nonprofit Beyond Conflict, which he founded in 1992 to support governments and organizations as they broker peace and reconciliation in areas ravaged by war, oppression, trauma, and discord. Phillips helped pave the way for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, which aimed to bring restorative justice to victims and perpetrators of human rights abuses under Apartheid, the nation’s strict system of racial segregation that came to an end in the early 1990s. Read the full story here.
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Beyond Conflict Awarded $100,000 to Address the Racial Wealth Divide in Boston7 Jun, 2019

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#PrayForParis. #NotreDame. Why do Americans mourn some international tragedies and ignore others?16 Apr, 2019

By Emily Hoeven Deseret News >
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How We Can Fight Prejudice Against Muslims11 Apr, 2019

By Zaid Jilani Berkeley Greater Good Magazine >
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How can we stop anti-Muslim bias that blames an entire culture for individual acts?20 Mar, 2019

By Emile Bruneau Philadelphia Inquirer >
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Our politics fails us, so here’s what to do15 Mar, 2019

By Charles Wheelan The Economist >
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In America, talk turns to something not spoken of for 150 years: Civil war4 Mar, 2019

By Greg Jaffe & Jenna Johnson The Washington Post >
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Beyond Conflict’s Lead Scientist Emile Bruneau discusses Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting on NPR’s WHYY1 Nov, 2018

Beyond Conflict’s Lead Scientist Emile Bruneau joined Christian Picciolini, a former Neo-Nazi who now works to counter racism and help people disengage from violent extremism, and Nancy Baron-Baer, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, on NPR’s WHYY. They discuss the violent rhetoric, fear mongering, and hateful attacks which are becoming nearly ubiquitous to American life. The interview took place one week after eleven people were killed and six injured when a gunman opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The attacker was reportedly shouting anti-Semitic slurs as he started shooting.Dr. Bruneau talked about our research into the cognitive factors that contribute to hate and dangerous group behavior and finds hope for positive change due to the ability of our brains to learn and reframe our minds and biases.Listen to the podcast here and read excerpts of the interview below “One of the basic elements of psychology at play here is this tendency to think in terms of us and them. We come into the world with a tendency to categorize people into groups – but deciding who is us and who is them is extraordinarily flexible in humans. So this tendency towards ‘tribalism’ is baked into us – but ‘racism’ is a cultural construct. Children aren’t born racist. We have to teach them that ‘race’ is a social category, and that it matters. In experimental research, one-year-olds, three-year-olds don’t have a preference for black [people] over white [people], they don’t understand [skin color] as a characteristic. However, five-year-olds have a 7:1 preference to engage with a White person versus a Black person when given the choice. We, as a society, have to diligently teach our children to specifically who to hate. And once tribalism is established, it opens the door to a host of other psychological processes, which make us see ‘them’ as irrational, untrustworthy, dangerous, and somewhat less than human.” – Emile Bruneau “This is the flexibility of the human mind: Once [an individual] is defined as part of a group, we imbue that individual with the characteristics of the group. So, you can transfer your hate from one ‘out-group’ member to another; they become psychologically interchangeable. This is how someone can shoot a Muslim cab driver in New York City because of the acts of a Muslim extremist in Paris. The ability to think in terms of groups makes sense for our brains from an efficiency standpoint, but it is this tendency that has been a pernicious enabler of intergroup conflict in humans.”- Emile Bruneau Follow us on twitter — @Beyond_Conflict
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Study: Dislike Is Different From Dehumanization And That’s Important1 Jul, 2018

By HEATHER GOLDSTONE WGBH >
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There’s a Distinct Brain Function Behind Prejudice26 Jun, 2018

By TOM JACOBS PACIFIC STANDARD >
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Suffolk Students Walk at Triple Commencement in Seaport22 May, 2018

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Why it matters when the president calls people, even violent gang members, ‘animals’22 May, 2018

By Emile Bruneau WASHINGTON POST >
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All Muslims Are Often Blamed for Single Acts of Terror. Psychology Explains How to Stop It.30 Nov, 2017

By Brian Resnick VOX >
You can’t fight prejudice with name calling. Here’s one strategy that actually works. By Brian Resnick On Wednesday, President Donald Trump retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda videos from a known hate group. The videos — one of which has been revealed to be fake — purport to demonstrate the dangers Muslims pose to Western society: that Muslim migrants beat up white Europeans, threaten Western culture, and mock Western religious figures. As my colleagues at Vox have pointed out, Trump’s retweets fit with a pattern: He feels that the whole of Islam, collectively, is a threat to the United States and the West. He treats Muslims as a monolith, a group of millions who deserve to be banned from the United States. There’s a psychological theory that helps explain this tendency: “collective blame,” when we punish the whole for the actions of a few. In some ways, Trump is channeling how many people in America feel about Muslims. We see collective blame rear its head after an act of terror committed by a member of the Islamic faith. “Maybe most [Muslims are] peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible,” Rupert Murdoch tweeted after the 2015 terrorist attack in France. A similar sentiment often repeats on Murdoch’s Fox News. There’s nothing logical about condemning millions of people — who are spread across the globe and are unrelated to each other except by religious tradition — for the actions of a few. You wouldn’t blame all white people for the actions of Dylann Roof, who walked into a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and killed nine African-American worshippers. You wouldn’t blame all Christians for the meanness of the Westboro Baptist Church. Yet collective blame happens, with ugly consequences. Read the full story in Vox.
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The Dark Psychology of Dehumanization, Explained7 May, 2017

By Brian Resnic VOX >
As anti-Muslim rhetoric increases under Trump, more Americans are seeing Muslims as less than human. By Brian Resnick You can think of human psychology as a series of overlapping mental programs. One program identifies faces as individuals we recognize. Another is working memory, which allows us to make quick calculations in our heads. These programs were coded by evolution and help us survive every day; they are the sources of our ingenuity and our compassion. They are everything we are. These mental programs — etched in all of us — are also the sources of horror and pain. Nour Kteily is a psychologist at Northwestern University whose research is about understanding one of the darkest, most ancient, and most disturbing mental programs encoded into our minds: dehumanization, the ability to see fellow men and women as less than human. Psychologists are no strangers to this subject. But the prevailing wisdom has been that most people are not willing to admit to having prejudice against others. Kteily suspected otherwise. And so he and his colleagues created a new way to measure people’s levels of blatant dehumanization of other groups. It’s not subtle. Read more in Vox.
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“Each of Us, No Matter Our Calling, Can be Agents of Change and Healing in This World”20 May, 2018

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Speaking Freely, Listening Deeply14 Apr, 2018

By TIM PHILLIPS BOSTON GLOBE >
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Inside the Crazy Back-Channel Negotiations That Revolutionized Our Relationship with Cuba9 Apr, 2018

By PETER KORNBLUH AND WILLIAM LEOGRANDE MOTHER JONES >
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For Some Muslims Islamic State’s Allure is Meaningful Alternative to Western Values8 Apr, 2018

By TIM PHILLIPS & NIR EISIKOVITS PRI >
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The “Butcher” Who Became a Peacemaker4 Feb, 2017

By KEVIN CULLEN BOSTON GLOBE >
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Fleeing War, Traumatized Syrian Refugees Need Mental Health Access More Than Ever9 Jan, 2018

By Mike Niconchuk VICE >
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How Do You Build More Inclusive Communities? MW17 Keynote with Tim Phillips16 May, 2017

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Building an Inclusive Baltimore: A New Lens for Inclusion at The Baltimore Museum of Art9 May, 2017

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Our Brains on Conflict: Trauma, Healing, and the Politics of Fear: An Interview with Mike Niconchuk1 Feb, 2017

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Though The Heavens May Fall: It’s Time To Recognize The Armenian Genocide22 Jun, 2016

By TIM PHILLIPS & NIR EISIKOVITS WBUR >
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It’s All In Our Heads23 Feb, 2016

By SARAH BALDWIN MIT NEWS >
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The neuroscience of social conflict | Tim Phillips | TEDxBoston5 Nov, 2015

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Fidel Castro Has Died: Here’s an Inside Look at Cuba’s Crazy Back-Channel Negotiations with Obama30 Sep, 2015

By Peter Kornbluh and William Leogrande Motherjones >
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A Searing Image, And The Surprising Truth About Empathy16 Sep, 2015

By TIM PHILLIPS WBUR >
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Why Are Young Westerners Drawn To Terrorist Organizations Like ISIS.10 Sep, 2015

By Omar Sultan Haque, Jihye Choi, Tim Phillips and Harold Bursztajn Psychiatric Times >
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“Moving Beyond Conflict” – Timothy Phillips25 Aug, 2015

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Newton’s First Law of Refuge26 Jun, 2015

By Mike Niconchuk Between Borders International >
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Turning into Butterflies: A Syrian’s Reflection on Dispair and Disgrace26 Jun, 2015

By Mike Niconchuk and Mohammad Kheir Between Borders International >
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MRIs for a More Peaceful World1 Jun, 2015

By LIZ KARAGIANIS SPECTRUM >
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Melissa Nobles Named Dean of SHASS21 May, 2015

By Peter Dizikes MIT News >
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Spies, Artificial Insemination and the Pope: How Cuba Came in from the Cold26 Apr, 2015

By DAN ROBERTS THE GUARDIAN >
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The Brain’s Empathy Gap19 Mar, 2015

By JENEEN INTERLANDI NEW YORK TIMES >
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How Neuroscience is Offering Hope for a More Peaceful World4 Mar, 2015

By MICHELLE BOORSTEIN WASHINGTON POST >
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From San Salvador to South Africa, Reaching Conflict by Sharing Experiences: An Interview with Tim Phillips1 Mar, 2015

By TIM PHILLIPS SOLUTIONS JOURNAL >
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Diplomatic Core1 Jan, 2015

By RENEE GRAHAM SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY ALUMNI MAGAZINE >
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Cardinal O’Malley Hails US-Cuba Thaw, Pope’s Role19 Dec, 2014

BOSTON GLOBE >
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Pope Francis Helped Broker the Restoration of US-Cuba Relations17 Dec, 2014

By Crux, Boston Globe THE BOSTON GLOBE >
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From San Salvador to South Africa, Reaching Conflict by Sharing Experiences: An Interview with Tim Phillips1 Nov, 2014

By Christina Asquith Solutions Journal >
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Can Neuroscience Help Us Understand Conflict Resolution?2 Oct, 2014

By RADIO BOSTON WBUR >
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For Some Muslim Youth, Islamic State’s Allure is a Meaningful Alternative to Western Values18 Jul, 2014

By Timonthy Phillips and Nir Eisikovits PRI >
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Beyond Conflict Book Launch30 Jun, 2014

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Peace in Syria is Still Possible, if Only We Listen to Others Who Have Achieved It20 Feb, 2014

By TIM PHILLIPS THE GUARDIAN >
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Finding Peace in Northern Ireland16 Feb, 2014

By TIM PHILLIPS WBUR >
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Lessons of Mandela’s legacy22 Jan, 2014

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In Gun Control Debate, Sacred Values Often Forgotten8 Jan, 2014

By TIM PHILLIPS PRI >
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Making Peace in South Africa30 Jun, 2013

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Re-understanding Violence as We Had to Re-Understand Plague… To Cure It19 Jun, 2012

By Gary Slutkin Huffington Post >
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Is the Status Quo Progress?3 Mar, 2011

By Ina Breuer and Bruce Hitchner European Voice >
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Luers Decries Iran Sanctions29 Sep, 2009

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Nobel Laureate Refused Offer of Help From IRA4 Mar, 2009

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Former Congressman Expounds on Conflict Resolution5 Feb, 2009

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Central American Youth Leaders1 Oct, 2008

Panorama Youth Leaders, America’s Quarterly >
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CNN en Español: Young Leaders (and Araceli) in Guatemala4 Jun, 2008

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Fleeing the Fighting: Refugees Traumatized by Islamic State6 Mar, 2008

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Dureza to Share RP Insights in Peace Work in Colombia14 Aug, 2007

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Peace Ambassadors At Students’ Behest, Central American Leaders Talk1 May, 2006

By Michele Gouvela Tufts University >
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International Public Service Key to Chayes Fellowships27 May, 2004

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Harvard Project on Justice to Co-Sponsor Peace Program7 Mar, 2002

Harvard Gazette Archives >
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Seminar in the Sand: An Emotional Seminar in Gaza Reminds Me of My Solidarity Days20 Oct, 2000

By Konstanty Gebert Prospect Magazine >
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Justice for All1 Sep, 2000

By Barbara Beckwith Harvard Magazine >
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Project Aids Countries in Transition18 Jul, 2000

By Julia Collins Harvard Law Bulletin >
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University-Wide Initiative Gives Peace a Chance1 Jun, 2000

By Ken Gewertz Harvard Gazette >
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Justice After Transition: On the Choices Successor Elites Make in Dealing with the Past26 Jun, 1994

By Luc Huyse
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South Africa’s “Negotiated Revolution” and Mandela’s Legacy16 Apr, 2014

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