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How do we create a peaceful world?

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"I think we need a new enlightenment, that violence should go out from the human species", says Hans Blix, Swedish diplomat, politician and academic. Hans Blix is an associate professor of international law at Stockholm University and honorary doctor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. He was Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1978 to 1979. He has been the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and between 2000 and 2003 he was the head of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC). Crosstalks episode: Humanity's dependence on war - How to survive in a peaceful world As long as human beings have existed - there have been conflicts. And today, war, or the preparation for war, is something many modern societies need to cope with but also depend upon. A flip side to the atrocities of war is that the military industry plays a big role in creating jobs, tax income and economic growth. And military research and development haves, besides creating horrible weapons, also sparked countless technical innovations we now take for granted. Some even argue that without wars our economies would tank completely. But are wars really a necessity of the human existence? Could we manage to create a truly peaceful world? And would we be able to afford it? Watch the whole Crosstalks episode here: http://crosstalks.tv/talks/humanitys-dependence-on-war-how-to-survive-in-a-peaceful-world/ Crosstalks is an academic talkshow produced by KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University. The programme gathers the brightest minds to share their knowledge and insights on the basis of world-leading research. See more at http://www.crosstalks.tv