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Getting to Peace: New Approaches to Ending Conflict

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013

The number of wars and the deaths they cause have been steadily decreasing since the post-World War II period. But changes in both the nature of conflict and the degree to which it is broadcast to a global public have underscored the need for effective peacemaking, while also changing our approaches to achieving a stable peace. Richard Gowan looks at the U.N.’s shift toward aggressive and riskier peacemaking missions. Emma Leslie explains why involving more actors in the peace process is essential—and how it works. And Stefan Wolff examines the methods for preventing the lack of trust that makes a peace agreement necessary from undermining the deal once it has been negotiated.

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