Making the world more peaceful
Is the reduction or elimination of war a realistic possibility, given the anthropological record? We believe the answer to this question is yes and that it is not utopian to think so. We say this because the results of our cross-cultural studies of war and peace suggest practical policies that could reduce the likelihood of war in the world. We assume that most people would choose to solve their problems peacefully, if they could. The policies discussed here, if adopted by the United States of America (USA) and other powerful countries, could make it less likely that people would go to war to solve their problems. The suggested policies are not just wishful thinking. In some respects they are extensions of policies already in place. We discuss the suggested policies after we review the cross-cultural results.
KeywordsPolitical Participation Disaster Relief Powerful Country Ethnographic Record Suggested Policy
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