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Highlight Reel: War! What is it Good for?

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This provocative new book, War! What Is It Good For? Conflict and the Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots, historian Ian Morris turns Edwin Starr's old song lyric on its head, arguing that war has actually been quite good for some things. Indeed, he shows that, over time, wars have made governments and that governments have made peace, providing their citizens with relative safety, wealth, and larger, more organized societies. You can see his whole presentation here, including why he says the next 40 years could be the most dangerous in history. The full event features some tough questions from International Security Program Director Peter Bergen and the audience. But, if you just want to look smart in a cocktail party conversation, above is a short highlight reel of Morris' argument. Stay with it til the conclusion, which is both optimistic and scary.