Monday, January 09, 2006

Global Violence: Are things Getting Better?

The study ... concludes that global institutions have made a difference. It finds "that the best explanation for this decline [in conflicts] is the huge upsurge of conflict prevention, resolution and peacebuilding activities that were spearheaded by the United Nations in the aftermath of the Cold War." So the UN and other national and local interventions, however imperfect, can take some credit for these improvements -- a piece of PR they sorely need when our impressions of these institutions is poor.
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WorldChanging: Another World Is Here: Tracking Global Violence: Are things Getting Better?:


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