Episode 5 Conflict and human development Part 1 – Is armed conflict getting worse?

By Haroon Akram-Lodhi

Conflict clearly diminishes human capabilities. Yet it appears that conflict around the world is an endemic feature of human societies. So if we want to enlarge human capabilities we need to understand ways of mitigating conflict.

The character of armed conflict has changed in important ways since the end of World War Two. This has had an effect on the intensity of armed conflict.