We Are All Everyone: Lessons of the Paris Attacks

by Rich Rubenstein on November 17, 2015 · 8 comments

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This piece is a little long, friends, but I hope that it sheds some light on a difficult subject.

“WE ARE ALL EVERYONE”:

LESSONS OF THE PARIS ATTACKS

Rich Rubenstein

In the aftermath of the Islamic State’s cruel and vicious attacks in Paris, one is tempted to declare, “Nous sommes tous Paris” (“We are all Paris”). Before November 14, however, virtually no one in the West was heard to declare, “We are all Beirut” – or Baghdad, Ankara, or Moscow – notwithstanding that civilians living in all these places were killed … read more…

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Europe’s Migration Crisis: Causes and Cures

by Rich Rubenstein on November 13, 2015 · 2 comments

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EUROPE’S MIGRATION CRISIS: CAUSES AND CURES

PUBLIC LECTURE AT
THE PRESIDENT’S FOUNDATION FOR WELLBEING OF SOCIETY,
VERDALA PALACE, MALTA, 16 OCTOBER 2015

Richard E. Rubenstein

THERE IS A NEW FIELD OF STUDY THAT SOME CALL THE SCIENCE OF IGNORANCE. ITS GOAL IS TO DETERMINE WHAT WE DON’T KNOW AND THEN DETERMINE HOW TO REDUCE THAT AREA OF IGNORANCE. THIS EVENING, I AM GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE MIGRATION CRISIS – A PROBLEM THAT, DESPITE THE TITLE OF THIS SPEECH, IS NOT JUST EUROPEAN BUT GLOBAL, AND THAT IS MOST OF ALL … read more…

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Donald Trump and the Politics of Personality

by Rich Rubenstein on August 20, 2015 · 4 comments

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DONALD TRUMP AND THE POLITICS OF PERSONALITY:
To Understand Trumpism, Look Abroad!

Richard E. Rubenstein

Despite the deluge of articles, tweets, photos, and jokes about Donald Trump, there has been very little discussion of the obvious parallels to Trump and Trumpism in other countries. Perhaps, this is because it’s easier either to idolize Trump or dismiss him if one considers him a uniquely American character – a modern P.T. Barnum, or a Jay Gatsby. The Donald is an American product, of course. But we will never understand him or appreciate the … read more…

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FROM CULTURES OF VIOLENCE TO CULTURES OF PEACE: THE PROBLEM OF VIOLENT SYSTEMS

SPEECH TO PRESIDENT’S FOUNDATION ON THE WELLBEING OF SOCIETY
SAN ANTON PALACE, MALTA, MAY 11, 2015

Richard E. Rubenstein

[Note: Prof. Rich Rubenstein was invited to address the President’s Foundation on the Wellbeing of Society by its director, Dr. Ruth Farrugia, an expert on family law and human rights on the Faculty of Law of the University of Malta. The President of Malta, H.E. Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, spoke first about the Foundation and its work on … read more…

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Prof. Rich Rubenstein speaks on “Alternatives to the War on Terror” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 12:15 pm at the Temple Baptist Church on Nebraska Ave., N.W., on the American University campus. All are welcome to attend. … read more…

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Here is an article that I wrote for the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution Newsletter, March 2015 issue. Comments, as always, are welcome.

THE ESCALATING “WAR ON TERROR”:
IS THERE A ROLE FOR CONFLICT RESOLUTION?

Richard E. Rubenstein
University Professor, S-CAR

Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated film, American Sniper (2014), the most profitable war movie ever made in the United States, encapsulates the problem of thinking about America’s “war on terror.” Most of the film’s crucial scenes are shown from the point of view of Chris Kyle, the heroic Navy SEAL sniper. … read more…

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Here’s an article I wrote on Pope Innocent III, the most powerful pope of the Middle Ages, as both an inspiration and a warning to Pope Francis. I wrote about Innocent in my book, ARISTOTLE’S CHILDREN, and think of him often now that Francis occupies the Holy See. I think Francis does, too.

A MODEL FOR POPE FRANCIS?
INNOCENT III AS AN INSPIRATION AND A WARNING

Richard E. Rubenstein

There is a natural tendency to compare Pope Francis’s attitudes and actions to those of his sainted namesake from Assisi. The first … read more…

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Dan Snyder, The Redskins, and the Curse of the Chimariko

by Rich Rubenstein on December 13, 2014 · 3 comments

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DAN SNYDER, THE REDSKINS, AND THE CURSE OF THE CHIMARIKO

Richard Rubenstein

As I sat before my TV set watching the Washington Redskins lose again, this time suffering an ignominious shutout at the hands of the Arizona Cardinals, I decided that enough was enough. Whatever innocent sports fans may think, the disastrous Redskins’ performance of the past few years is no accident. Before a poor season gives way to something worse, perhaps even to some lethal “accident,” it is time to tell what a few other scholars know about the real … read more…

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the Ferguson Events

by Rich Rubenstein on August 22, 2014 · 0 comments

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Here’s a brilliant analysis by the basketball legend. The question is: how to turn these insights into political organization?

The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

from Time Magazine
Aug. 17, 2014

Will the recent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, be a tipping point in the struggle against racial injustice, or will it be a minor footnote in some future grad student’s thesis on Civil Unrest in the Early Twenty-First Century?

The answer can be found in May of 1970.

You probably have heard of the Kent State shootings: … read more…

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John Judis’s judicious article on Gaza is well worth reading (as is his recent book on “Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict”). You may wonder, however, whether his concluding pessimistic paragraph doesn’t miss an important point. The U.S. Secretary of State is not the best person to negotiate a truce between Israel and Hamas, unless he is willing to strong-arm the Israelis. A facilitator independent of all governments and parties would have a better chance of helping both sides to reassess their basic needs and interests.

In … read more…

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