The Global Regime for Armed Conflict

from Council on Foreign Relations
Published on 25 Jul 2012 View Original

Scope of the Challenge

Preventing armed conflict, keeping peace, and rebuilding war-torn states remain among the most challenging problems for the international community. Every year, at least 250,000 people die in armed conflicts, most of which occur within, rather than between, states. Armed conflict and its aftermath corrode virtually every aspect of society: law and order, economic development, education, healthcare, human rights, natural resource extraction, and the environment. The World Bank estimates the global economic costs for all conflicts each year to reach at least $100 billion. Furthermore, conflict prevention, mitigation, and response are global concerns, because instability can (and often does) spill across borders and trigger piracy, drug trafficking, small-arms sales, environmental exploitation, and terrorism.

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