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Ramzy, N. (2020). Editor's Note: 17:1. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 17(1):3-5.
(2020). International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 17(1):3-5
Editor's Note: 17:1
Nadia Ramzy, Ph.D.
Before introducing our first issue for 2020, taking a pause to highlight some of the most notable publications of 2019 seems particularly apropos as these contributions are at the heart of our journal's commitment to publishing on themes concerning social problems.
First, Ira Brenner and Logan Brenner's special issue, Climate Change and The Human Factor (16:2), is an important contribution to the application of psychoanalytic thinking to the crucial problem of global warming. And, inasmuch as this special issue provides a number of perspectives on this planet- wide, long term, existential threat, including scientific, clinical, and group psychological points of view, we particularly encourage all of our readers to read it online where it is available via free access through October, 2020. Additionally, we would mention Shuki Cohen's special issue, Radicalization, Political Violence and Terrorism (16:4), not only for the ongoing relevance and originality of the entire issue, but also for an intriguing, informative, and insightful paper by Lama Khouri, entitled “The Normative Unconscious of Nations: Critical Geopolitical and Psychoanalytic Perspectives on the United Nations Security Council's Counterterrorism Strategy” on the workings of the Security Council in relation to terrorism. And, finally, we would particularly mention Henri Parens' paper, (16:1), “The Price of Ill-Programmed Self-defense—We Must Face What We Do,” in which the author, a child survivor of the Holocaust, addresses Israeli colleagues regarding his concerns about how Israelis relate to Palestinians—and, in so doing, brings a much needed perspective to the intractable and ever deepening Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
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