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Why We Fight: The Roots of War and the Paths to Peace

An acclaimed expert on violence and seasoned peacebuilder explains the five reasons why conflict (rarely) blooms into war, and how to interrupt that deadly process

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Why are some people and societies poor, violent, and oppressive? What leads people into poverty, violence, and crime? What events and interventions lead them out?

Chris Blattman is an economist and political scientist who uses field work and statistics to study poverty, political engagement, the causes and consequences of violence, and policy in developing countries. He is a professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

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Profile: Economist Chris Blattman has reshaped our understanding of violence and poverty