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Peace and Conflict 2008

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J. Joseph Hewitt is Director for Government Relations at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM), University of Maryland, where he specializes in quantitative analysis of international conflict.

Jonathan Wilkenfeld is Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, and Director of the ICONS Simulation Program. A specialist in foreign policy decision-making, conflict, and crisis, his most recent work focuses on the role of mediation in international and intrastate crises.

Ted Robert Gurr is Distinguished University Professor, Emeritus, and Founding Director of the Minorities at Risk Project in the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland.
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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (July 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594514003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594514005
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.8 x 10 inches
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Ted Robert Gurr has been an imposing figure in the study of politics. In this volume, he and his co-authors address peace and conflict across the various nations of the world. They provide data that help to make one think a bit. Their basic point (Page 1): "New evidence, and a closer look at old evidence, suggests that if there was a global movement toward peace in the 1990s and early years of the 21st century, it has stalled."

This is an edited work, with invited authors addressing a number of issues. The two lengthiest sections are entitled "Regular Features" and "Challenges to the Stability of States." The latter title surely suggests what is at stake in this work.

There are a number of tables that illustrate trends well, and make for easier reading by those who are not aficionados of statistics. Take Chapter 2,"The Peace and Conflict Instability Ledger." By looking at a variety of indicators, they rate the states within the "Top 25 highest risk for instability." Who rank at the top? The first five, in order, Afghanistan, Iraq, Niger, Ethiopia, and Liberia. Are you curious which countries are rated the least likely to experience instability? The United Arab Emirates, Finland, and Sweden. Don't get nervous, by the way. The United States rates very low on this, too.

Another illustration. . . . Table 4 looks at trends in democratization. For reasons outlined in a couple of my previous books, I'm not quite so sanguine as the others. However, their evidence does suggest that democracy had been moving ahead. In 1977, the number of autocracies was at a high level; the number declined until very recent times.
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