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OEF Fellow Takes the Long View on NPR

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Taking the Long View, is the World Getting More or Less Violent? NPR asked this question of OEF Fellow Andrew Mack, who analyzes trends in global violence for the Human Security Report Project. His interview recognizes the recent increases in conflicts and terrorism, yet gives reason for "cautious optimism." 

"Terrorist and insurgencies' campaigns nearly always fail...in 90 percent of cases, the insurgents are going to lose sooner or later...And when they do [lose], what we should definitely do is change the conditions that gave rise to the insurgency in the first place, to move towards inclusive politics, move towards sustainable development, cut down on corruption and repression."