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Is War Declining: Why and Where?

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The Henry Jackson Society is delighted to invite you to this timely event with Professor Azar Gat

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Is the world becoming more peaceful? This proposition encounters widespread disbelief. Have the United States and its allies not been repeatedly involved in messy wars over the last decades? Alternatively, is the relative peacefulness of today’s world not attributable to a transient American hegemony since the collapse of the Soviet Union? Are we not tempted by a resurfacing of old illusions that will again be dispelled by the rise of China to a superpower status, by a resurgent Russia, or by vicious wars in south or Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa?Thus, has war really been declining, and if so, why? 

Professor Gat argues that developments since the onset of the industrial age have radically shifted the calculus of war and peace towards the peaceful options. Rather than war becoming more costly, the real change is that peace has become more rewarding. By now, war has disappeared within the world’s most developed areas and survives only in its less developed, developing, and undeveloped parts. However, current challenges include alternative modernisers—such as China and Russia—anti-modernists, and failed modernisers that may spawn terrorism, potentially unconventional.

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Professor Azar Gat

Professor of National Security, Tel Aviv University

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