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The Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at the George Washington University is the nation's leading center for communitarian policy research and is a research institute dedicated to finding constructive solutions to social problems through morally informed policy analysis and moral dialogue. We seek to bring the best scholarship and analysis to bear on policy issues affecting family, schools, the community, and the moral climate of society as a whole.

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America Needs to Accept the Taliban Peace Deal

February 13, 2019

In the London School of Economics’ 2012 Global Policy Journal, I offered the following 

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A Response to Mr. Benn (Defense of previous piece titled "Don't Vent, Win")

January 29, 2019

Frankly, I find it difficult to respond to Mr. Benn. How do you deal with someone who completely mischaracterizes your position and then attacks what you never said? Mr.

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The Importance of a Personal Sense of Insecurity

January 27, 2019

To state that a given field of study has been neglected and deserves much more attention is a common argument.

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The Real 'Wall' America Needs

January 12, 2019

President Donald Trump is concerned about border security, which should cause him to call for building a wall, that is introduce new barriers to illegal entries, not on the southern border, but alo

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The Damage of Demographic Misinterpretations

January 10, 2019

The New York Times recently repeated an often cited misleading fi

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The Story of Hanukkah Has Become Politicized

December 06, 2018

Many Jews are celebrating Hanukkah this week, but in rather different ways. Some are lighting candles all eight nights and reciting prayers—heads covered with kippahs.

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What Makes a Good American?

November 23, 2018

Age-old debates about patriotism and what constitutes a good American have taken on a new significance in the Trump Era.

Arena Civil Dialogues: How democracies are lost—and saved.

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Get your free tickets to a dialogue that will explore what undermines democracies and how can they be shored up.

The Making of a Peacenik: Amitai Etzioni

Amitai Etzioni

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