'Positive drivers' for peace in our world today
via The Christian Science Sentinel

September 21st was international Peace Day, designated by the UN in 1981. In a Christian Science Monitor article, published on September 15, 2017, entitled, "What to think of North Korea on Peace Day", the Editorial reads, “A bias has long existed in international affairs to look at the likelihood of a conflict breaking out, a sort of fear-based model of analysis that presumes peace is merely the absence of war and that people can be led by fear. Much of the analysis thus looks at ‘negative drivers’ for war, such as a country’s economic and social fragility or a national leader’s desire to stay in power. Experts on North Korea, for example, debate the worst aspects of the regime in Pyongyang, such as its irrational behavior, and whether those factors will lead to nuclear conflict. The reverse type of analysis receives far less attention. ‘There is little data and evidence on positive drivers, or “positive interrupters” or “resilience,” ’ states the Institute for Economics & Peace in a new report about methods used to assess the risks of war. This bias toward negative factors results in missed opportunities for peace, the report concludes…"

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