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18 October 2005


brendan stallard


The UN is getting busier, as you state, but do you notice any actual reduction in war and trouble round the globe?

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Tony Hatfield

No I don't. But according to the same report
"The extent of the change in global security following the end of the Cold War has been remarkable:
° The number of armed conflicts around the world has declined by more than 40% since the early 1990s
° Between 1991 (the high point for the post–World War II period) and 2004, 28 armed struggles for self-determination started or restarted, while 43 were contained or ended. There were just 25 armed secessionist conflicts under way in 2004, the lowest number since 1976
° Notwithstanding the horrors of Rwanda, Srebrenica and elsewhere, the number of genocides and politicides plummeted by 80% between the 1988 high point and 2001.
° International crises, often harbingers of war, declined by more than 70% between 1981 and 2001.
° The dollar value of major international arms transfers fell by 33% between 1990 and 2003. Global military expenditure and troop numbers declined sharply in the 1990s as well.
° The number of refugees dropped by some 45% between 1992 and 2003, as more and more wars came to an end.

Now all this can't be down to the UN, but it has played its part.

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