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    Why Our Postwar “Long Peace” Is Fragile

    Have mechanisms like democratization really fostered an enduring trend of peaceful co-existence, or is this just a statistical fluke—a normal interlude of relative calm before another global-scale conflagration?Illustration by Kotenko Oleksandr / Shutterstock You could be forgiven for balking at the idea that our post-World War II reality represents a “Long Peace.” The phrase, given […]

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    Here’s Why Our Postwar “Long Peace” Is Fragile

    Have mechanisms like democratization really fostered an enduring trend of peaceful co-existence, or is this just a statistical fluke—a normal interlude of relative calm before another global-scale conflagration?U.S. Postal Service / National Postal Museum / Bureau of Engraving and Printing / Wikicommons You could be forgiven for balking at the idea that our post-World War […]

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    Is Violence Declining Because We’re Evolving More Patience?

    “Forms of impulsive behaviors involve discounting of future consequences, including both rewards and punishments. Violence is often impulsive.”Photograph by doble.d / Getty Something like 10,000 years ago, near Lake Turkana in Kenya, a group of hunter-gathers went on a raid, sparing a few young men and women to take as the spoils of victory. At […]

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    Let’s Play War

    Could war games replace the real thing?

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    How ISIS Broke My Questionnaire

    I felt the impact of an attack by the terrorist group. So why didn’t my research data?

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    The 6 Most Surprising, Important Inventions From World War I

    British soldiers in a WWI trenchAustralian War Memorial Just over 100 years ago, on the 28th of June, 1914, the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary was assassinated in Sarajevo. That set into motion a chain of events that, within several weeks, culminated in the European great powers declaring war on each other. The resulting conflict […]