Past Forums

Is War on the Way Out?

Date: Monday, January 30, 2012
Time: 6:00pm

Joshua Goldstein, author of “Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide,” and Steven Pinker, author of “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined,” discuss the meaning and implications of their latest releases with HKS professors Monica Toft (author of “God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics”) and Stephen Walt. Both Goldstein and Pinker, from distinct vantage points, argue for the counterintuitive notion that violence, among both individuals and states, is on a downward trajectory. Both the supporting data and reasoning behind this positive shift is hotly debated. Professor Joseph Nye moderates the discussion.


  • Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
  • FAS Department of Psychology