Conflict resolution can sound insubstantial. It’s not. It involves early education about conflict — and how to prevent it. It involves training in peacebuilding. It involves cross-cultural exchanges and contact between countries. It involves everything from the Peace Corps to the Marine Corps. It means believing in the power of communities to create positive change through social, political and economic structures. It involves faith in rule of law, individual achievement, and yes — democracy.
Preventing conflict is hard work. But we can’t stop trying.
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In the end, it is better if the conflict never starts. Once they burn, conflicts, like forest fires, spread. The heat becomes unbearable. There is no light. The consequences are uncertain and unsettling