Winning the War on War?
February 1, 2012
Featuring: Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Harvard University distinguished service professor and a member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors; Monica Duffy Toft, associate professor of public policy and member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors; Stephen M. Walt, member of the Belfer Center Board of Directors and Harvard Kennedy School’s Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs
Topic: Global decline in violence and war
“At a John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Monday (Jan. 30), a panel of experts in international relations and psychology debated the question: ‘Is War on the Way Out?’
Moderated by Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor Joseph S. Nye Jr. and sponsored by the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Harvard’s F.A.S. Department of Psychology, the discussion featured Steven Pinker of Harvard University and Joshua A. Goldstein of American University, who have both written recent books arguing that the world is growing more peaceful. The Belfer Center’s Monica Duffy Toft and Stephen M. Walt joined in the discussion and questioned some elements of the two authors’ conclusions.
In a jointly authored December 2011 op-ed in the New York Times, Pinker and Goldstein wrote that ‘the departure of the last American troops from Iraq brings relief to a nation that has endured its most painful war since Vietnam. But the event is momentous for another reason. The invasion of Iraq was the most recent example of an all-out war between two national armies. And it could very well be the last one.’”