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Kroc Institute | January 7, 2019

Two faculty members at the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies have made instrumental contributions to a new three-volume report, Rethinking Society for the 21st Century, published by the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP). Laurie Nathan, Professor of the Practice of Mediation, and Peter Wallensteen, Richard G. Starmann Sr. Research Professor Emeritus of Peace Studies, were both part of the writing group responsible for Chapter 10 focused on global trends in violence, wars, peace, and security.

Wallensteen, a member of the IPSP, was one of the editors and conveners of the chapter's 12-person multidisciplinary writing group. In total, over 250 researchers from all around the world and from a wide variety of disciplines in both the sciences and humanities contributed to the project.

“The formation of the IPSP and this report are an attempt by social scientists to make a scholarly-based statement on the direction of the world in terms of social progress,” said Wallensteen. “Do present global trends move the world closer to a situation that meets demands that can be defined as progressive, such as equality, dignity, well-being, freedom, security, solidarity, pluralism, and democracy?”

The first volume of the report focuses on global economic trends and inequalities, the second volume (which includes the chapter on violence, wars, peace and security) focuses on political issues and trends, and the final volume examines cultural and value transformations in global societies. Drawing inspiration from the work of the International Panel on Climate Change, the IPSP report is meant to “provide the reader with a unique overview of the state of society and [its] possible futures, with a mine of ideas of possible reforms and actions,” according to the report’s Executive Summary.

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