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Jan 31, 2020 | 12:00 pm to Feb 1, 2020 | 1:00 pm

2020 Conflict and Polarization Conference

2020 Conflict and Polarization Conference

The Conflict and Polarization Initiative, as part of the Stanford King Center on Global Development hosted a two day conference on January 31 – February 1, 2020.

In keeping with the approach of the initiative, the conference brought together people from different disciplines to share ideas and spur new approaches to resolving conflict and polarization.

Here are our highlights of the event.


Koret Taube 130

By invitation only

Leslie Murray

January 31, 2020

12:00pm to 12:30pm
Registration and Lunch
12:30pm to 12:40pm
Opening Remarks
12:40pm to 3:00pm
Session I


Chris Blattman (University of Chicago): Why We Fight

Lakshmi Iyer (University of Notre Dame): Leader Identity and Coordination


Saumitra Jha (Stanford University): Remaining European: The Effects of Financial Market Exposure on the Brexit Vote


Moses Shayo (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): How Do We Choose Our Identity? A Revealed Preference Approach Using Food Consumption (with David Atkin and Eve Colson-Sihra)


3:00pm to 3:20pm
Coffee Break
3:20pm to 4:40pm
Session II


Salma Mousa (Stanford University): Creating Coexistence: Intergroup Contact and Soccer in Post-ISIS Iraq

Roger Myerson (University of Chicago): State-Building Lessons from the British Empire


4:40pm to 4:45pm
Closing Remarks
4:45pm to 6:00pm
Reception - Koret-Taube Conference Center Lobby

February 1, 2020

7:30am to 8:00am
Continental Breakfast
8:00am to 8:05am
Opening Remarks
8:05am to 10:05am
Session III


Mina Cikara (Harvard University): Narratives Shape Cognitive Representations of Immigrants and Policy Preferences

Julia Minson (Harvard University): You Can’t Handle the Truth! Errors in Affective Perspective-Taking during Disagreement

Roni Porat (Princeton University): Anger at Work

Robb Willer (Stanford University): Moral Reframing: A Technique for Effective and Persuasive Communication across Political Divides



10:05am to 10:25am
Coffee Break
10:25am to 12:25pm
Session IV


Alana Conner (Twitter): Nudging Healthier Behaviour on Social Media


Rachel Kleinfeld (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace): Polarization, Political Violence, and the Security Services: Preventing a Vicious Cycle


Antonio Silva (Behavioural Insights Team, UK): How Behavioural Science Can Reduce Polarisation and Susceptibility to Misinformation


Uzra Zeya (Alliance for Peacebuilding): Peacebuilding Begins at Home: US Conflict Drivers Demand New Approaches


12:25pm to 12:30pm
Closing Remarks
12:30pm to 1:00pm