On the relative cost of mediation and military intervention

Dietrich Fischer

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Noting that the cost of war-prevention is much less than that of war and its aftermath, the article discusses options for a United Nations Institute for Mediation, a U.N. Security Insurance Agency, and an International Security Commission. It suggests that just as in the course of history, humans have abolished a number of institutions we now consider inhuman: cannibalism, ritual sacrifice, slavery, absolute monarchy, and most recently colonialism. it is possible, even likely, that some day war will follow and will be considered as equally abhorrent as we consider cannibalism today.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15355/epsj.1.2.13

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