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Self-reinforcement Bias in Inter-group Dialogue?

Started Mar 1, 2013 0 Replies

Has anyone ran into the problem where someone's positions are strengthened and become more resistant to change when they declare these beliefs?  And how have you addressed it?In particular, this…Continue

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Favorite Indicators for Intergroup Dialogue?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kenneth Bush Apr 23, 2012. 15 Replies

What are your favorite indicators for measuring the impact of intergroup dialogue?I'm designing a dialogue program in Cairo and I would like to hear what you think are those indicators that really…Continue

 

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Apr 12, 2013
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Self-reinforcement Bias in Inter-group Dialogue?

Has anyone ran into the problem where someone's positions are strengthened and become more resistant to change when they declare these beliefs?  And how have you addressed it?In particular, this problem has come up in the designing of an online dialogue/mediation project.  I want to have a strong understanding about what people's beliefs are when they start and was thinking about asking them to fill out a questionnaire or vote on different solutions.  However, I worry that this will make it…See More
Mar 1, 2013
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Feb 11, 2013
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Are International Norms Important in Nuclear Nonproliferation?

I recently completed reading Bridled Ambition: Why Countries Constrain Their Nuclear Ambitions, which includes case studies of South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, India, Pakistan, and North Korea. These case studies help us answer the question, are international norms important in nuclear nonproliferation? International norms include not developing weapons, not conducting weapons tests, and allowing inspections. The answer is that international norms against nuclear…See More
Dec 12, 2012
John Daniel Gore commented on Daniel Dufour's blog post To Draw or Not to Draw?
"My personal opinion is that drawing a red-line can only create complications -- as long as Iran perceives other players on the world stage to be threatening and in possession of these weapons, I believe Iran will feel the need to continue developing…"
Nov 26, 2012
Denise Janssen Eager liked Daniel Dufour's blog post To Draw or Not to Draw?
Nov 25, 2012
Daniel Dufour is now friends with Jahan Zeb and Joshua Peacock
Nov 25, 2012
Jack F. Sigman commented on Daniel Dufour's blog post To Draw or Not to Draw?
"Without drawing a red line, the Iranians can bluff all they'd like."
Nov 25, 2012
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Nov 25, 2012
Daniel Dufour left a comment for Nurete Brenner
"Looking forward to sharing our experiences at some time"
Apr 30, 2012
Daniel Dufour and Nurete Brenner are now friends
Apr 30, 2012
Kenneth Bush replied to Daniel Dufour's discussion Favorite Indicators for Intergroup Dialogue?
"The indicators that would be most useful would be directly related to the objectives of the dialogue project.  The objectives, combined with the theory of change underpinning the project, should be the central point of reference for fashioning…"
Apr 23, 2012
Daniel Dufour replied to Daniel Dufour's discussion Favorite Indicators for Intergroup Dialogue?
"Thank you for your excellent reply.  I really like your example of the use of "us" and "them.""
Apr 22, 2012
Daniel Dufour replied to Daniel Dufour's discussion Favorite Indicators for Intergroup Dialogue?
"Maor, I would be very happy to see your measures.  If you can email me at daniel.j.dufour@gmail.com, I would be much obliged.  Thank you."
Apr 22, 2012
Daniel Dufour replied to Daniel Dufour's discussion Favorite Indicators for Intergroup Dialogue?
"Hi, Jennie.  I don't know if I can be much help.  It's my first time designing a dialogue project and an Egyptian friend offered me the position.  You are probably more experienced than I am, but maybe I can offer some ideas…"
Apr 22, 2012
Shulamith Koenig replied to Daniel Dufour's discussion Favorite Indicators for Intergroup Dialogue?
"My indicators, after having visited 60 countries in the 25 years, working mostly with grass roots movements, facilitating the learning of human rights as a way of life,flies are: Does the person with whom you dialogue trusts and respects you, simply…"
Apr 10, 2012

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Please feel free to provide a short bio about yourself or the work of your organization (no more than 3 paragraphs)
I am an up-and-coming conflict resolution specialist hailing from sunny San Diego, California. I received my BA in history from the University of California, Berkeley, managed a team in the largest refugee resettlement program in the United States and received my mediator credential from the National Conflict Resolution Center, all before turning 25. I am currently working towards an MA in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown University. I am writing a book chapter with world renowned psychologist Fathali Moghaddam. I am also writing a thesis on Egypt’s political transition. I speak Spanish, some Arabic and a little Chinese. I have traveled around the world once and plan to do it again soon! I am a recreational computer programmer and enjoy playing basketball.
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
individual (student)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
I visited Egypt and China in the summer of 2011. As a manager in a refugee resettlement program, I worked with people from Iraq, Burma, Somalia, Haiti, Bhutan, Cuba, Iran, Uzbekistan, and Ethiopia.
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
United States
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Conflict Resolution Researcher, Georgetown University
How many years professional experience do you have ?
3-5
What is your personal or organizational website?
http://https://www.facebook.com/Daniel.J.Dufour
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
Arabic, Spanish
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Conflict Mainstreaming, Conflict Resolution, Democratization, Dialogue, Diplomacy, Facilitation, Organizational Development, Peacebuilding, Peacekeeping, Psychosocial, Refugees, Security, Terrorism
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Evaluation, Information Technology, Monitoring, Program Administration, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research, Qualitative Skills, Quantitative Skills, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Friendship and enmity at the international and intergroup levels; Egypt's political transition; 2012 Republican Primary

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Are International Norms Important in Nuclear Nonproliferation?

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 1:30am 0 Comments

I recently completed reading Bridled Ambition: Why Countries Constrain Their Nuclear Ambitions, which includes case studies of South Africa, Argentina, Brazil, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, India, Pakistan, and North Korea. These case studies help us answer the question, are international norms important in nuclear nonproliferation? International norms include not developing weapons, not conducting weapons tests, and allowing inspections. The answer is that international norms…

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Lessons from Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 7:32pm 0 Comments

I am currently making my way through Mitchell Reiss fascinating book Bridled Ambition: Why Countries Contstrain their Nuclear Capabilities (1995). In his book, he describes how various countries decided to give up their nuclear weapons and shut down their nuclear weapons programs. Included in this book are the stories of Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. These stories offer several lessons that people should keep in mind when looking at denuclearization options for other countries…
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Structural Problems in Biosecurity

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 7:31pm 0 Comments

Biosecurity presents several structural problems to states.
First, the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) does not guarantee states will not develop biological weapons. The BWC guarantees that states say they will not develop biological weapons. Although the BWC offers many benefits, such as reinforcing an international norm against bio-weapons, we should be cautious not to overstate its effect. In explaining the causes…
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Notes on "Nuclear Terrorism" by Graham Allison

Posted on November 25, 2012 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

In 2004, the renowned Graham Allison released his book "Nuclear Terrorism."  Allison offers a simple thesis: a nuclear attack on America is inevitable unless the US government provides a strong, coordinated, serious, all-out attempt to lock-down vulnerable nuclear material around the world and track down all the lose nukes.  Allison rightly brings our attention to an important issue.  He is right that we cannot take on this issue sitting down, but there are two areas where we…

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