People and Politics: Fostering the Art of Conflict Prevention

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Researchers and practitioners should pay greater attention to the human beings at the center of conflict politics.

Blog Post by Guest Blogger for Strength Through Peace

Gerrit Kurtz is a PhD researcher and Christoph Meyer is a professor of European and international politics at King's College London.

The centenary of the armistice that ended the First World War last week brought the destructive impact of war again to the attention of world leaders and people across the world. Since it was signed in Compiègne, some commentators maintain, we have learned a lot about how to prevent conflict. That may be true, but research and practice of conflict prevention today remain heavily biased towards technocracy and wishful thinking. Instead, both researchers and practitioners should pay greater attention to individual, informal, and reflexive forms of knowledge. We call it the art of prevention.

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