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Mot en mer fredelig verden?

Nils Petter Gleditsch: Mot en mer fredelig verden [Towards a More Peaceful World?] is published by Pax and is launched at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) at 11 am on 11 November 2016. The book’s hardcover ISBN is 978–82–530–3931–2 (hardcover). An e-book version is forthcoming.

The book is published in Norwegian only, but this page provides some information in English:


Are we moving towards a more peaceful world? The question might seem naive. The daily news picture informs us of wars and terror incidents around the world. But the larger armed conflicts are limited to a small number of countries and the increased attention to them is in itself a sign that violence can no longer be swept under the rug. The probability of getting killed in war or genocide has decreased remarkably in recent decades. In this book, veteran peace researcher Nils Petter Gleditsch provides an overview of the development of the international conflict map. He argues that violence is slowly becoming outdated as a tool in conflicts, internal as well as international and paints a hopeful picture of what he calls a social democratic peace, built on democracy, international cooperation, economic integration, and social and economic non-discrimination. The book discusses several caveats to the author’s optimistic view of the future. The emerging peace may be broken by the emergence of new major power conflicts, stronger religious clashes, increased inequalities, or climate change and other environmental hazards. All these challenges must be taken seriously, but they are nevertheless unlikely to reverse the trend towards more peaceful relations in the long run.

A recommendation

‘Nils Petter Gleditsch has changed the way we think about war—not as a stimulus to moralize, nor as ammunition with which to defend or attack some ideology, but as a phenomenon we can study, understand, and reduce. His analyses are deeply insightful and grounded in evidence, and though he respects the gravity of the topic, he writes with an endearing wit, warmth, and lack of pretension.’

Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University, and the author of The Better Angels of Our Nature.

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