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    Why Our Postwar “Long Peace” Is Fragile

    You could be forgiven for balking at the idea that our post-World War II reality represents a “Long Peace.” The phrase, given the prevalence of violent conflict worldwide, sounds more like how Obi-wan Kenobi might describe the period “before the dark times, before the Empire.” And yet, the “Long Peace” has been a long-argued over […]

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    The Social Physics of Trump’s Shock Tactics

    Even as some describe his campaign as being in “melt-down mode,” political scientists and pundits are still searching for ways to explain the “Trump phenomenon.”1 They attribute his success in the Republican primaries to a host of factors, from the American public’s frustration with establishment politics to their belief that he can provide national and […]

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    Human Tendencies

    Some of our most cherished traits are shared by other animals—and even plants.