From Conflict to Lasting Peace: Positive Peace Report 2017

(Reposted from: Peace & Conflict Development Network)

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Governments and policymakers have long considered how nations transition from one state of peace to another. Why do some countries emerge from conflicts into peaceful societies, while others continue to exist in a highly fragile state? Understanding this question can help guide government expenditure to better create resilient societies, able to withstand internal and external shocks.

The report, which is officially launched at Stanford University on October 31, 2017, analyses the factors associated with changes in peacefulness and how they differ across different types of societies. The report includes:

  • Why Positive Peace is transformational
  • Positive Peace Index, results and trends
  • Positive Peace and systems thinking
  • Empirically derived advantages of Positive Peace
  • Policy implications of Positive Peace

The analysis is crucial to building a framework for creating higher rates of development, and more peaceful societies. The aim of fostering peaceful societies is more than just an ideal for humanity – there are real economic benefits to be gained from a more peaceful world.

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