Farewell to world peace?

When Russian troops attacked Georgia, it was not just a tragedy for the Caucasus. It also marked the demise of more than four years of no war between nations, the longest period in modern history, wrote UNC sociologist Charles Kurtzman and Bowling Green State University political scientist Neil A. Englehart in The Christian Science Monitor Aug. 29. With the news so full of violence you might not have noticed. But ever since Pakistan signed a cease-fire in November 2003, there have been no wars between governments — 1,716 straight days of world “peace.” Russia ended the streak on Aug. 8. Kurzman is an expert on the middle east, liberal Islamist movements and the 1979 Iranian revolution.

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