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2020 Conflict and Polarization Conference

Event Details:

Friday, January 31, 2020 - Saturday, February 1, 2020
Government and Institutions

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.

Admission: by invitation only


Friday, January 31, 2020

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    Registration and Lunch

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    Opening Remarks

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    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)

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    Coffee Break

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    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

  • Closing Remarks

    followed by a reception in the lobby

Saturday, February 1, 2020

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    Continental Breakfast

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    Opening Remarks

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    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

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    Coffee Break

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    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

  • Closing remarks

    followed by lunch

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