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Keeping the Peace: New solutions for turbulent times

In the past 50 years the task of keeping the peace in the world has become immeasurably more complex, while the spread of nuclear weapons has made it more vital. As a result, governments and NGOs alike are paying more attention to the causes of conflict: poverty, ethnic and religious divisions, and the legacy of colonialism - artificial frontiers, inadequate legal frameworks for land tenure, the exploitation of natural resources and much else. This UGI looks at some recent developments in peacekeeping, and the move towards peacebuilding and the prevention of conflict in the first place.

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