10 Imperatives For Peace

1. Maintain public order and prevent social turbulence from escalating into protractred deadly conflict.

2. Polarizing political rhetoric and tactics must be forgone, however, tempting their short-term benefits may seem.

3. Meeting the needs and aspirations of fighting-age young men should be the first priority of national development policies and of programs funded by international donors.

4. Developing countries should have internal security forces (police and paramilitary) that are generously funded, professional, apolitical, and trained to meet the complex challenges of maintaining public order in a changing society.

5. Development policies that meet human being’s common aspirations–to feel good about their lives, the circumstances in which they live, and future prospects for themselves and their children– will contribute most effectively to keeping violent conflict and terrorism within acceptable bounds.

6. Those who frame development policies should seek a middle path between capitalism’s efficient, but Darwinian, precepts and socialism’s egalitarian, but stultifying, precepts. [1]

7. Good governance and democratization must be part of the “successful development” mix. Most important are governance institutions that are open to “bad news” and are self-correcting.

8. Multinational corporations, business, and associations should play a more active role in supporting successful development policies.

9. Successful development requires a long-term view. Giving sufficient weight to the long term requires institutional mechanisms and discourses that extend beyind the next election and term in office of political leaders currently in power.

10. There must be a realistic, rigorous, opportunity costs analysis of military options and U.S. equivalent expenditures for nonmilitary options before proceeding down the slippery slope of military solutions to complex development problems.

By John Richardson
“War and Peace in the 21st Century.” The Future. Nov-Dec 2006.

[1]  Imperative 6, I think is completely unproductive. Author tried to have a middle ground between Capitalism, Socialism and darwinism! I think for Imperative 6, Government need to regulate the policies they want to adopt. There should be a balance between free market and government regulation with key areas under government authority, like Oil etc.


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One response to “10 Imperatives For Peace

  1. Nadia

    All the options mentioned above are related to the threat to Pakistan but the main threat to the integrity of Pakistan is its own government. Not until the government stop chewing the foundation of our country like a termite, we will be able to withstand and face the outside threat. Countries who tend to put a shield against the existential potential threats by practicing internal unity, tend to establish, if not flourish.

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