[extropy-chat] Human Security Report: Sharp decline in number of wars, deaths from war, genocide
phoenix at ugcs.caltech.edu
Wed Oct 19 05:46:05 UTC 2005
On Tue, Oct 18, 2005 at 06:32:10PM -0700, Neil H. wrote:
> A few news/opinion pieces about it:
> A few highlights from the report:
> * The number of armed conflicts around the world has declined by more
> than 40% since the early 1990s
> * The average number of deaths per conflict fell 98% between 1950 and
> 2002 (from 38,000 deaths to 600 deaths)
I note that 1950 was the beginning of the Korean War. Bit of a high point.
I'd guess that 1913 was not a particularly violent year.
And a unipolar world might be conducive to peace, at least between non-poles.
So, good news, but hardly immune to change even in the not too far future.
Probably the biggest assurance would be that the US and China are both
> * The number of genocides and politicides fell by 80% between 1988 and
I guess I should read it, but is that number of general events or number of
people killed in genocides? And, why those dates?
> * There were 25 ongoing armed secessionist conflicts in 2004, the
> lowest number since 1976.
Why those, different, dates?
Four different time ranges are given. This smells of cherry-picking.
-xx- Damien X-)
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