The pull of history towards peace

Forget the ugly, violent summer of 2014. The world as a whole now has the most hopeful prospect for peace in the last several centuries.

UN Photo: Isaac Billy
UN Police and South Sudan Police Services hold hands in friendship during celebrations for the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, 2011.
Douglas Roche
Published: Wednesday, 08/13/2014 12:00 am EDT
Last Updated: Wednesday, 08/13/2014 1:17 am EDT

The violence-torn summer of 2014 has dismayed people around the world who had thought that—just maybe—the world was beginning to move away from war as a means of resolving conflict.

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