From Afghanistan to Africa’s Sahel region, from the Congo to Central America, deadly violence within state borders is a major threat to peace and security in the contemporary world. Today, internal violence involving rebels, terrorist groups, or organized crime has a higher death toll than wars between nations. Meanwhile, rates of violent deaths have reached historical lows in other parts of the world. Why are some countries ravaged by internal strife while others enjoy lasting stability?
Building on a wide variety of data, this study provides fresh perspectives on the question of how peace within nations may be achieved. It explores Thomas Hobbes’ argument that it takes a militarily powerful state to overcome the scourge of violence and asks whether this helps us understand conflict in the contemporary world. The findings show that recent efforts at stabilizing violence-ridden nations, such as the multinational missions in Mali or Afghanistan, are likely to run into serious dilemmas.
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Dr. Julius Hess, born 1980, obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology at the University of Hamburg. 2010 Deputy Head of Department of Scientific Analysis at the State Criminal Police of Hamburg. 2012 Research Associate at the Bundeswehr Centre for Military History and Social Sciences. 2019 Doctorate at the University of Erfurt. He currently works as a data analyst at the German Federal Foreign Office. His research interests include conflict research, international security and military sociology.