06 November 2012

Ending war

Contrary to the common perception, political alliances during civil wars are not formed along immutable religious, ethnic or linguistic lines.... How civil wars evolve, Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office, reviewing 'Alliance Formation in Civil Wars', by Fotini Christia
In other words, there's nothing intractable about these, or any other conflicts. Solutions are possible. The challenge is to put in place incentives to solve conflict, rather than create it. We can't expect the United Nations, NATO or any other government-backed initiative to help us here. We need diverse, adaptive approaches; ones that cannot be corrupted or undermined by interest groups of any kind. We need, in short, to issue Conflict Reduction Bonds.

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