Topic: Is the World Becoming More Peaceful?

Thesis timeframe:
Application deadline: 18 Oct 2017


​In his bestselling book ‘the Better Angels of Our nature’, Steven Pinker argues that the world is becoming increasingly peaceful. Pinker supports this argument with a massive amount of different data, covering everything from armed conflict to animal cruelty. Pinkers thesis has lately been challenged in a series of papers by Cirillo and Taleb and by Aaron Clauset, who focus on one particular dimension of Pinkers argument: armed conflict. The debate is far from a conclusion, and the criticism against Pinker should be tested along multiple dimensions. 


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