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No More Killing Fields: Preventing Deadly Conflict
No More Killing Fields: Preventing Deadly Conflict
By David A. Hamburg
Rowman & Littlefield, 2002, 320 pp

After directing a commission on the prevention of deadly conflict, the former president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York offers his personal reflections. A trained physician, Hamburg approaches the problem of war the way scientists approach the prevention of deadly disease. Specifically, teams of researchers should tackle the problem through empirical studies in the search for practical preventive solutions (for example, spreading knowledge, bolstering socioeconomic welfare, and creating a supportive political environment). Proactive actions by the international community must proceed on all fronts -- diplomatic, intellectual, technical, financial, and moral. In the end, Hamburg argues for a back-to-basics approach: deadly violence -- including the new threats of catastrophic terrorism -- can be eradicated only if the major states work with the un and other international groups to foster democratic government, human rights, and economic development around the world. The recommendations are not surprising, but they are advanced with a moral and intellectual conviction that makes them compelling.