USIP Event: A Look at the Root Causes of War and Pathways Toward Peace


Police in riot dear during days of protests against the government in Bogotá, Colombia, May 6, 2021. (Federico Rios/The New York Times)
Why We Fight: A Conversation with Christopher Blattman
A Look at the Root Causes of War and Pathways Toward Peace

Webcast Event at USIP
In today’s tumultuous world, it’s easy to forget that most of the time, wars don’t happen. From adversarial states to street gangs, ethnic groups, religious sects and political factions, hostile rivalries are a commonplace fixture in our local communities, as well as around the world. Yet, only a fraction of them erupt into violence. In his new book, “Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace,” acclaimed expert on violence and seasoned peacebuilder Christopher Blattman draws on decades of research on economics, political science, psychology and real-world interventions to lay out the root causes of — and remedies for — war.

DETAILS

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT

Where: Online Event

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In the book, Blattman argues that societies are surprisingly good at interrupting and ending violence. In the exceptional cases when rivalries turn violent, the cause can be traced to five factors that undermine the potential for rivals to deescalate and compromise. Blattman offers a framework for thinking about how societies can build resilience that reduces the likelihood that any of these five factors may interrupt the path to peace. 

Join USIP for a conversation with Chris Blattman on his new book, “Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace.” The discussion will look at what keeps rivals from compromise, as well as what remedies can shift incentives away from violence and get parties back to dealmaking. 

Speakers

Chris Blattman 
Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago; Author, “Why We Fight”

Raj Kumar, moderator
Founding President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex 

Questions?

Please contact Megan Prybyl at mprybyl@usip.org.

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