Can you win the future without reducing war?
Erik Voeten notes that the one governmental institution dedicated to advancing our understanding of how to resolve international conflict non-violently is likely to get its funding cut:
The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to cut nearly all funding to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). USIP was established in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan. Among others, it sponsors a great deal of policy relevant academic research on issues of international peace and security. There are not a great deal of alternative funding sources available for the type of research they fund (disclosure: I have never received USIP funding but I have served on USIP funding panels). USIP has also been active in mediation and peacebuilding initiatives and in educating defense department officials on peacebuilding strategies.
File this under "spending less on government does not mean government spends less." Even getting a little bit better at conflict mediation and nonviolent resolution is the sort of thing that could save us a lot of money -- and other people a lot of lives -- in the long run. I'd like to think that "less unnecessary war" is included in our definition of "winning the future."
| February 24, 2011; 3:52 PM ET
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