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Global Pattern Formation and Ethnic/Cultural Violence

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Science  14 Sep 2007:
Vol. 317, Issue 5844, pp. 1540-1544
DOI: 10.1126/science.1142734

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    Hussain suggests that the effects of separating ethnic groups might be worse than the violence that results from existing conditions of partial mixing. Conflict, mass refugees and social disruption around the world demonstrate the risks inherent in current conditions, and the de facto partitioning in the wake of violence. Consistent with our study, policy-imposed alternatives include either more complete mixing or separation. S...

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  • Determine Indicators for Conflict Avoidance

    The article "Global pattern formation and ethnic/cultural violence" (Reports, M. Lim et al., 14 September 2007, p. 1540) is striking in its reported ability to identify areas of potential conflict on the basis of the spatial patterns of distribution of members of ethnic/cultural groups. In the fields of conflict prevention and sustainable peace-building, the need for a universal "quick-and-dirty" indicator of potential...

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  • Solutions for Ethnic/Cultural Violence

    I read with great interest the article "Global pattern formation and ethnic/cultural violence" (Reports, M. Lim et al., 14 September 2007, p. 1540), which as a resident of Srinagar Kashmir was of greater than usual interest for me.

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