Thomas Homer-Dixon

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January 25th, 2016 —

What is really at stake in extremist attacks

So far, extremists haven’t been smart: They haven’t yet effectively exploited available technologies or our open societies’ vulnerabilities. They’ve used assault rifles in theatres, not dirty bombs in skyscrapers. But eventually one or more of them will be really smart. When that happens, we mustn’t let our fear destroy the freedoms that extremists hate most.

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August 28th, 2015 —

Synchronous Failure: The Emerging Causal Architecture of Global Crisis

Synchronous Failure: The Emerging Causal Architecture of Global Crisis with Brian Walker, Reinette Biggs, Anne-Sophie Crépin, Carl Folke, Eric F. Lambin, Garry D. Peterson, Johan Rockström, Marten Scheffer, Will Steffen,  and Max Troell Ecology and Society 2015, 20(3): 6. Recent global crises reveal an emerging pattern of causation that could increasingly characterize the birth and [...]

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September 18th, 2014 —

Ebola Epidemic Could Tear Societies Apart

If Ebola affects hundreds of thousands of people in West Africa, the epidemic will stop being a health problem, narrowly defined, and will instead become a problem of international security, because the epidemic will tear the worst-affected societies apart.

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August 6th, 2014 —

The Conceptual Structure of Social Disputes: Cognitive-Affective Maps as a Tool for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

SAGEOpen (January-March 2014): 1-20. Co-authored with Manjana Milkoreit, Steven Mock, Tobias Schröder, and Paul Thagard. We describe and illustrate a new method of graphically diagramming disputants’ points of view called cognitive-affective mapping. The products of this method—cognitive-affective maps (CAMs)—represent an individual’s concepts and beliefs about a particular subject, such as another individual or group or [...]

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June 1st, 2008 —

Review of Helge Brunborg, Ewa Tabeau, and Henrik Urdal (eds.) The Demography of Armed Conflict (Springer 2006)

Can rapid population growth help cause civil violence, such as insurgency or revolution? How does war affect the population structure of societies? Is the science of demography a useful forensic tool in determining mortality arising from war crimes?

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February 8th, 2003 —

War: Which Way to Turn

Should we go to war with Iraq? If you’re perplexed and confused by the issue, you’re not alone. In recent months, I’ve found my own opinion shifting from one side to the other, a picture of indecisiveness. Only recently have I made up my mind.

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February 4th, 2001 —

The Virulence of Violence: Small Arms, Many Wars, Large Threat

Some would argue that events in such poor and distant countries have little relevance to people in the developed world. But rich countries suffer if significant chunks of the world become more violent and decrepit. Zones of anarchy are not only dead weights on the world’s economy, they can also become sites of major humanitarian crises that demand external intervention, generators of waves of outward migration, incubators for disease as their health infrastructures collapse, and havens for transnational terrorist and criminal networks that target rich countries.

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