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Time to Get Real on Conflict Prevention

, Monday, July 26, 2010

Diplomats and international officials like talking about conflict prevention, but they are curiously uncomfortable talking about how conflicts actually work. Instead, there is a never-ending quest to explain the economic or social root causes of today's wars.

These explanations have gained in sophistication to the point that no self-respecting analyst today would ascribe violence to "ancient ethnic hatreds," a phrase that was often applied to the Balkan wars just a decade ago. ...

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