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About David Alpher

David Alpher is an independent researcher attached to George Mason University. He specializes in combatting violent extremism, and has worked extensively overseas leading conflict resolution and development programs designed to stabilize high-conflict environments. His research focuses on the roots of violent extremism, and the balance of defense, diplomacy and development in current US national security strategy.

Articles by David Alpher

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

American Paradox: violence and progress

The author responds to comment on his piece on the American radical right, arguing that the use of violence is profoundly un-American, despite being a part of the country's history and daily life.

The radical right's final solution

The risk of violence coming from the radical right in the US is high, and increasing. But it is only the logical consequence of a culture that promotes polarization and overreaction over finding consensus in political and public discourse.

"With friends like these..." on Romney's comments about Israeli and Palestinian culture

If all Mitt Romney has to suggest is outright war, his efforts at establishing credentials in statesmanship can hardly be called successful.

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