Inclusive Security and Peaceful Societies: Exploring the Evidence
INSTITUTE FOR INCLUSIVE SECURITY WASHINGTON DC WASHINGTON United States
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Traditional approaches to ending warswhere armed groups meet behind closed doors to hammer out a truceare falling short in the face of 21st century conflicts. The number of armed conflicts has been increasing over the past decade. In 2014, the world witnessed the highest battle-related death toll since the Cold War. Belligerents increasingly target civilians, and global displacement from conflict, violence, and persecution has reached the highest level ever recorded. As new forms of conflict demand innovative responses, states that have emerged from war also persistently relapse. In the 2000s, 90 percent of conflicts occurred in countries already afflicted by war the rate of relapse has increased every decade since the 1960s. Empirical analysis of eight decades of international crises shows that peacemaking efforts often succeed in the short-term only to fail in the quest for long-term peace.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law