n Conflict Trends - Editorial

Volume 2003, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1561-9818


Email, SMS, video-conferencing, and other technologies continue to link nations and peoples across the world, placing humanity at the gateway of a networked world, where we are divided by geography and united by technology. These developments in science and technology bear testimony to the greatness of humankind. However, this greatness stands in stark contrast to our ability to understand, respect, tolerate and live with one another. The war on Iraq was witness to our ability to construct the most sophisticated weapons to destroy each other, yet we have failed to develop the ability to resolve conflicts peacefully. Religion, race, ethnicity and other forms of identity continue to divide nations and peoples. Our response to contemporary conflicts is no longer innovative and creative. We are increasingly coming to rely on force as a way in which to resolve conflicts.

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