Tag: #peace

The Imbalances of Violence

There’s a theory in criminology called the “Routine Activities Theory.” The theory posits that there are three factors that figure into whether or not violence happens in a particular place and time, and how much violence happens. The three factors are targets, guardians and villains (aka “motivated offenders”). I’ll explain the factors a little more in a little bit, but…

Then who do you negotiate with?

It has long been an official policy of the United States to not negotiate with terrorists. Like so many other policies, this sounds good on paper and in theory. In the real world, however, things are a little more complicated.

War is good for something, right?

I’ve never been to war, but I can imagine that it is awful. The buildings around you destroyed, and all the comforts of life taken away. Your friends, colleagues, and other people around you killed. Dead. Looking at pictures of war-torn areas, I imagine war to be the absolute, most hideous thing we can do as human beings. Casus belli…