Time: Monday, 09 December 2019 12:00-14:00 (local time in Oslo)
Is the world becoming more peaceful?
Optimists such as Pinker in his best-selling book The Better Angels of Our Nature say yes. Many researchers are less sure.
In a recently published book, Only the Dead, Bear Braumoeller suggests that this optimism was premature.
The post cold-war period is, Braumoeller shows, not really any more or less violent in terms of wars between countries than we would expect from any other period. In short, he finds no indication that mankind has become more peaceful or better able to control the dogs of war. When wars break out between countries today, they remain just as likely to escalate into devastating world wars has they were in the past. So, what stands between us and peace? In this seminar Braumoeller will present his book and discuss how we can move towards a truly more peaceful world.