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The Causes and Prevention of Violent Conflict

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There is no topic more important for modern societies than understanding the sources of violent conflict and identifying ways in which such violence might be prevented, managed, resolved or transformed. If we, as global citizens, do not face up to and develop some creative answers to these questions it will be extremely difficult if not impossible to establish and maintain civilised communities in relatively secure, carefree environments. The prevention of violence is a pre-requisite for the development of what Martin Luther King called 'The Peaceable Kingdom'. King understood this goal in terms of violence prevention and community building. The nature of violent conflict has changed in subtle ways since the end of the cold war. The proxy conflicts of that time have by and large been resolved. But the conflicts that remain are proving more persistent and resistant to solution.

Keywords: community building; violence; violence prevention; violent conflict



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