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War is in decline, but for how long? | The Economist

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One hundred years after the end of the first world war, battle-related deaths have fallen worldwide. But flashpoints remain and new threats are looming. Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: https://econ.st/2xvTKdy Daily Watch: mind-stretching short films throughout the working week. For more from Economist Films visit: http://films.economist.com/ Check out The Economist’s full video catalogue: http://econ.st/20IehQk Like The Economist on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheEconomist/ Follow The Economist on Twitter: https://twitter.com/theeconomist Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theeconomist/ Follow us on Medium: https://medium.com/@the_economist
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Jim Cummings (1 day ago)
USA/UK killed up to 2.5 million in iraq over 20 yrs. & "war is over"? economist is propaganda for ultra rich who visit davos = corporate rule is fascism by any other name. fuck the economist, fuck "free" trade, fuck the banks who rape nations, fuck the smug elites who always lie to us, fuck the propaganda which asserts that capital is always good or benign...
Jim Cummings (1 day ago)
war isn't gone, armies have simply begun to turn their arms against the locals. in yemen more than 10 million face famine b/c saudis despise persians. massive military policing now all over, from USA to France, massive domestic political repression, propaganda doesn't work anymore so out comes the truncheons and the LRADs... fuck the oligarchs.
keith tiong (1 month ago)
Pretty bias. USA and NATO is threatening Russia and China.
Nedra Paul (1 month ago)
US propaganda BS.
Ryan Rodrigues (1 month ago)
The National powers have played the important role of reducing wars.
Ryan Rodrigues (1 month ago)
If war is low then thank the Christian Conservatives.
Anthony Lemkendorf (1 month ago)
War was in “decline”in 1913
MDR Hogan (1 month ago)
This is alot of fear mongering. No country will go to war anymore because they have too much to lose and too little to gain, they may exchange threats but they won't do anything. War would hit everyone's bank balance way too hard
Sántos Pótus (1 month ago)
Unironically putting Ukraine and South Africa above Russia in 'freedom' Come on Economist, you need to make your propaganda less blatantly obvious.
Hugh Jazz (1 month ago)
Poor Mongolia. Surrounded by assholes
Hassan Abdullah (1 month ago)
How about America the biggest threat to humanity killing invading other countries.
Nuno Ribeiro (1 month ago)
Peace is gay
Patrick Holmes (2 months ago)
Oh fuck off.
Corrine Tsang (2 months ago)
The US Military has not forgotten the Korean War or Vietnam War,where a poorly armed China defeated a supior US.
David Song (2 months ago)
why don't you mention UK and EU invading Syria, the Economist??
Shahnid Ismail (2 months ago)
USA is the war maker of the world
Flying Spacerock (2 months ago)
They turned the camera on US. Thats the war Right
Eleeth Tahgra (2 months ago)
US is pulling out from a region therefore the country within that region is buying weapons a lot. I'd say its good business.
mlc449 (2 months ago)
So many Putin fluffers here. Time for your inconvenient reminder that Russia brought war back to Europe when it invaded and annexed sovereign Ukrainian territory. War is becoming increasingly inevitable, one between the forces of fascism and the "Alt-Right" led by Putler and the forces of freedom and liberty led by the US (after Trump's removal and execution for treason) and EU. This war will require the targeting of Russian scum everyone around the world along with the destruction of their agents in the GOP, NRA, right wing media and troll fora. Ultimately what will need to happen is the creation of a single, unified world state with a single military, government, economic system and currency. Nationalism is dying.
lifeisawar zone (2 months ago)
we know when the twin towers fell, in 63 and 68 jfk and his twin catholic brother bobbie, these are the first pair of twin towers in this series still ongoing, like the marlyon monroe pics at the local grocery it's not going away guess you could say its the gif that keeps giving, how old is elizebeth taylor now, older than dirt or bones fact is stranger than fiction, cant let go of the past
lifeisawar zone (2 months ago)
the daily gossip 09/12/2018 in the news: hicks get the vote and go monkey wild at the polls (banana tree polls)
Hakan U. (2 months ago)
Lets destroy all weapons and all weapon factories. Send all scientist who can make a bomb or a weapon into jail, lobotise them into morons will diminish our risks. And do not teach anyone to do a weapon again. Burn all the books and destroy all database which informs how to make a weapon. Put all terrorist, and soldiers into a huge island e.g. greenland and keep them there till they finish each other or respectfully die arm to arm. Close all the banks, funds any other money bases. Stop using money and just share what is yours to whoever needs. Manufacture just for the good of people and just when they need and just how many they need. Do not produce food or livestock too many let those grow freely and naturally. No ones out there in space try to kill us or loot us. So stop growing so rapidly. We are killing this planet, we are the tumor in that planet. And remember that, creation is so high and powerful from us that will taketh back when it is necessary. stop being arrogant and start respecting each other. Do not divide the world, cause we are only one. We came from one mother and one father. That makes us brothers and sisters. So lets stop hating, start loving and respecting. Help to your brother! Give your hand to your sister! Share your meal with the boy in Syria, find a way to take water in Africa and do not ask even a penny for it. Burn and destroy all your weapons and lets play chess so that you can feed your anger and winning hunger in a game. İsnt it more civilised. Lets play football to see a clash maybe? İt isnt hard to be a human being. Just try!
Austin Ball (2 months ago)
Is this a threat Rothschild? You're nothing in this new-age of revival.
Eva Bhowmick (2 months ago)
expected more from the economist.... the biggest threat for peace on a global scale comes from the United States of America!!!!!
Marcel Hermawan (2 months ago)
spart icuz (2 months ago)
Marcel Hermawan dam right.
Maez Adl (2 months ago)
Wht about deaths in Afghanistan by US
Zorka Kelly (3 months ago)
You are American imbecil!!
Caio Reinhardt (3 months ago)
It says Brazil is a free country, but with a murder rate so high up crime may be our civil war
arthur webster (1 month ago)
thats not how it works
David Boson (3 months ago)
For 50 odd years the US has no serious adversary. They are starting to realise they are now at risk of being hurt if they over stretch.
Xiao BaoBei (3 months ago)
Those weapons the USA sells to Saudi Arabia, will one day be used against the USA.
Xiao BaoBei (3 months ago)
I give it 3 months till next big war scare.
Juan David Mejía Ruiz (3 months ago)
Why is Colombia shown as partly free? Wtf
William Woody (3 months ago)
90,000 dead in 2017?Sounds awfully low to me.I’m pretty sure Yemen alone tops that.
KuNaL MaHaJaN (3 months ago)
Certainly a very much filtered (read artificial) report. Incomplete in all senses, failed 2 highlight the conflicts like the one's inSomalia & Much if North-western Africa, whci gets arms n ammunition not just from Us or Russia, but from Very Large of the EUROPEAN Countries as well. Article is anti towards the communst countries. Totally inappropriate title for the video. Certainly not what should be expected from the ECONOMIST.
Han Zhang (3 months ago)
This video confuses freedom with the right to vote. How do you decide which of the following nations is more free? Nation A: you can choose your leader, but you can't be out at night because of the massive gang and gun violence. You also cannot choose between any of the utilities or groceries you buy because there is only one choice. Nation B: you cannot choose your leader, but it's totally safe to go out anytime, and you have access to most foods and quite a few luxuries if you're middle class or higher.
DEEPAK JOSEPH (3 months ago)
War is the only thing which can push us forward faster. Contributions of war can be seen everywhere... especially in technology
Sir Nicodemus (3 months ago)
This is such a shit video. It is like junk food but for the mind, absolutely no substance.
Wulin Teo (3 months ago)
Curious questions, which country has the most military bases overseas? and why the country needs so many military bases? and what is the goal?
Punished Venom Snake (3 months ago)
I wonder why humans must continue to fight. I wonder if warriors will ever disappear from this world. .. Never. There will always be warriors. And there will always be war. Cortana -
Peter Xian (3 months ago)
Never Take Peace for Granted. Word.
John Ismail (3 months ago)
Your video here, just highlighted Zambia in yellow as "partly free". Where do you get your information from? You guys seem lost mwe
Lio Pm (3 months ago)
too shallow
GamingTV (3 months ago)
war is on the rise, not decline, the stage is now set for WW3, the war that will end all wars, Civil war in the US is on the brink, a global war in asia by china, a cyber cold war is in full length, a new russia cold war is also on the brink, and the middle east is on it's way of a regional civil war
Megafro (3 months ago)
Don't start a fucking war or we will never become an advanced civilization. Were ONE fucking species but we fight each other.
Parveez Ahmad (3 months ago)
Say something about kashmir war
t m (3 months ago)
What a load of bollox this video, the Zionist scum have caused death of millions.
Luka Balic (3 months ago)
How could you class Russia as not even semi-free?!
mohaideen khader (3 months ago)
World will be peaceful if America and Israel are vanished....
Renata Nuranova (3 months ago)
how Russsia IS aggressive?
Tisha Kapoor (3 months ago)
No war in angry was ever won....damn true😪
Ed Lam (3 months ago)
remember honduras arrive to B.C.
Philip B (3 months ago)
Look down, and swear by the slain of the War that you'll never forget.. Siegfried Sassoon, "Aftermath".
Azam Khan (3 months ago)
nice propaganda...so who is fighting in Afghanistan iraq syria Nigeria chad and has more than 300 military base around the world.... if war is in decline why US military budget is increasing every year???
易拓 (3 months ago)
Obviously, it's USA that is eager for wars.
Joshua Devonshire (3 months ago)
Venezuelan Civil War????
Stuart Little (3 months ago)
I think Einstein said he didn't know what weapons the Third World War would be fought with but the Fourth World War would be fought with sticks and stones.
Tudor Repilado (3 months ago)
Wow, you dropped some data and then what a conclusion line. You could just as well have written on your foreheads "we shouldn't take peace for granted and walk around in circles in some public square".
Beau (3 months ago)
hold on.. wouldn't Donald Trump be one of the 3 most disturbing risks?? he does control an army that has, over the past 2 decades killed WELL over 1,000,000 people (most civilians) Hell in the first 3 years it killed over 600,000.. thats a fucking genocide! and from that point they are now doing more bombings than ever! more drones than ever! THEY are the biggest risk! This isn't the war ON terror, its the war OF terror. https://www.psr.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/body-count.pdf
jcezary (3 months ago)
As long as we, the people, say the politicians right in the face, clear and loud NO !!!
Cristian Licea (3 months ago)
"Where love reigns, laws are unnecessary"
Ki-Sean Excell (3 months ago)
Idk, no one wants a world war but as humans we just I think need to. WW1 was not in terms the actual First World War you could easily argue that it was the 7 years war or even the Napoleonic wars. I don’t think we will but who knows considering the current political climate.
What Ever (3 months ago)
What a bunch of bullshit
Luis Raguzzoni (3 months ago)
wars are motivated by exacerbated nationalism and religion, only time can save us from these retrograde idiocy
Capras12 (3 months ago)
No not always, there are tones of reasons for war
Tariq Yousef Yousef (3 months ago)
USA is the biggest murderer of humans in these times and best on blaming others
Capras12 (3 months ago)
where is your proof?
xx270 Wu (3 months ago)
Oh no...
Harrison Fung (3 months ago)
I don’t mind war if that means the China will be nuked...
Chao Chao Liu (3 months ago)
elaborate your premises on your point about the Chinese threat? So irresponsible
Capras12 (3 months ago)
how is it irresponsible? its common knowledge that there is a Chinese threat, ask literally anyone in the south china sea.
Usman Hamza (3 months ago)
So "The Economist" thinks Pakistan is partially free when it has already seen democratically elected governments transferring power to the next one...?
Usman Hamza (3 months ago)
+Capras12 I am not in denial... I am questioning the credibility with which they have surveyed Pakistan as "partially free". On the other hand India is considered FREE, I thought they need to take into account the UN Resolutions on Kashmir which makes it an occupied territory... How is Kashmir free and Pakistan partially free... It is stereotyping... Too much crap over mainstream media...
Capras12 (3 months ago)
+Usman Hamza being in denial doesn't change the truth.
Usman Hamza (3 months ago)
+Kleco102 my subject here is Freedom House... I think there research is done from a drawing room watching too much mainstream media... I would like them to stop stereotyping a country on its past and update themselves with reality...
Kleco102 (3 months ago)
+Usman Hamza It's subjective, it means different things to different people. That map is based on data collected by Freedom House, an organisation. Now if you had done your research on why Pakistan is considered "partially free" according to Freedom House you would not be commenting these things.
Usman Hamza (3 months ago)
+Capras12 concerning...? Not at all... How would you prove a democratic country as "partly free" Instability regarding economy and corruption is not termed as partly free, that's something else... They are talking about form of govt
Partha Ceo (3 months ago)
one of the best youtube channel
Marcin Machnik (3 months ago)
There wont be another worl war because war is bad for business the only one who make profit out of it are arms corporations
Marcin Machnik (3 months ago)
+Capras12 I was talking about US arms corpo ;)
Capras12 (3 months ago)
arms corporations dont make any more money when we are a war
DuffmanIRL (3 months ago)
The US is by far the greatest threat to peace in the world. It's also worth noting from the video that most of the capitalist countries are listed as 'not free' by a capitalist propaganda channel.
Utkarsh Singh (1 month ago)
+Capras12 You're just shittalking people on one comment thread after another who are just calling America for what it is with 0 facts yet your level of condescension is just at clinical narcissist levels!! Get help, dude.
Utkarsh Singh (1 month ago)
+Capras12 FFS are you some Trumptard bot?
Capras12 (3 months ago)
+Crypto buzz nope
Crypto buzz (3 months ago)
Wrong it’s ISRAEL
Capras12 (3 months ago)
Nice conspiracy! I bet you think the earth is flat too
Paul Gibson (3 months ago)
It's America, not Americar....
F-ck_Spyware (3 months ago)
Poppy fields at the end, I wonder how many people get that
alipaf2002 (3 months ago)
Ah, the Economist's side of story. Russia, China and North Korea are threat to peace, not UK, USA and France ;)
Capras12 (3 months ago)
well whether or not its their side, that doesn't change that its true....
Marcelo A D (3 months ago)
I was looking here and, very sadly, have to say all the highs were during democrat presidents of USA, except one. New proof that left likes to kill.
Capras12 (3 months ago)
what proof? please provide it. ill wait.
Without war, there are no offensive memes
Jmana That’s where ur wrong! This is our best defence https://youtu.be/vTIIMJ9tUc8
Jmana (3 months ago)
The best offense is a good defense. and it's called a nuclear weapon.
Conveniently missed to mention that the USA has been the largest aggressor since the beginning of the last century and would remain so in the foreseeable future. Who is solely and directly responsible for civilian killings in Afghanistan and Iraq and to a large extent in Syria? There is one straight and simple answer that any reasonable person not falling to western propagandist media would know.
Václav Marek (2 months ago)
Well, they are not solely responsible for afghanistan.. that whole mess started with a Soviet invasion because they felt threatened by Afghanistan's freely elected government..
Eva Bhowmick (2 months ago)
/ +plok ijuh do u consider americas invasion of Iraq american aggression? ww2 was 70 years ago... how can you trust a nation? what gives America the right to be the world's police???
plok ijuh (3 months ago)
Did you consider the Allied intervention in Europe against the nazis an American aggression. If so I welcome more of it!
There would be far far less civilian deaths in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq had US not intervened for its ulterior motives - keep reigning as world's top MAFIA and keep military industrial complex thriving! ISIS wouldn't exist without IRAQ war. Taliban wouldn't be bombing fellow Muslims if there was no " WAR ON TERROR." Syria would far less complicated without US intervention.
1234coolman (3 months ago)
that would be the taliban in afghanistan, terrorist groups in iraq that detonate bombs in every place of there cities and ISIS, along with Russia and Syria that cause deaths in Syria. Maybe you should educate yourself.
Kram (3 months ago)
America accounts for 50% of all military spending.
arthur webster (1 month ago)
+Kram you are retarded
Kram (1 month ago)
+arthur webster it's 0%. Just realized they spend us dollars to buy weapons. Dollars are worthless paper can be printed any time
arthur webster (1 month ago)
its actually about 30%
Kram (3 months ago)
+Capras12 https://ourworldindata.org/military-spending It won't save you, your military. Your dollar is about to collapse. Lol
Capras12 (3 months ago)
+Kram you just keep digging yourself deeper.
Paulo Melo (3 months ago)
Caminhamos para a paz!
D'Brickashaw (3 months ago)
1:43 who gave them that role....
Salokin (3 months ago)
I worry though that when the current wave of elderly dictators like in Africa, Asia and eastern europe fall, that it'll foster potential civil strife ala Iraq and Syria
castello west (3 months ago)
War is not in decline at all! The maniac in charge got more money for the military than anyone ever! https://www.forbes.com/sites/eriksherman/2018/06/20/house-and-senate-democrats-vote-68-percent-and-85-percent-for-massive-military-spending/#394df9465101
Olavi Löv (3 months ago)
Mankind has grown strong in eternal struggles and it will only perish through eternal peace.
David Boson (3 months ago)
we spend more than ever before on our militaries. Yet there are less wars. Maybe there is enough money being spent on the war industries by being scared of war, than actually going to war.
Capras12 (3 months ago)
What is actually happening is deterrence. No one wants to start a war they cant win, thusly having a big military and nukes helps prevent war. Also global trade is a big deal in keeping the peace
Alonso Díaz (3 months ago)
Humans like war. Despite all the horrendous conflicts throughout history, war repeats because of human nature: to grow tired of peace and revive old grudges
Capras12 (3 months ago)
Humans dont like war. War is just the last resort and suborn people good or bad will hold out till the end
Tommy Kelly (3 months ago)
Whats the background music in this?
Cristian Licea (3 months ago)
Respect mofos and agree not to kill each other. Simple
Cristian Licea (3 months ago)
+Capras12 solutions don't come on silver platters. This isn't my problem to solve, I'm only suggesting a path that I believe leads to a solution without having to eliminate entire populations and engender hate and suffering. No one solves problems for others, one can only offer guidance.
Capras12 (3 months ago)
+Cristian Licea "rehtoric, love and diplomacy" is not a solution
Cristian Licea (3 months ago)
+Capras12 being influential not boasting power. Using rhetoric, love and diplomacy. The only way you can get someone to do something is to make them want to do it...or put a gun to their head. Read The Servant by James Hunter, greatly recommend it.
Capras12 (3 months ago)
+Cristian Licea well its a lot more complicated than "Respect mofos and agree not to kill each other." and anyone with a basic education should understand this. well maybe im wrong, maybe it is simple, if you why dont you tell me how to solve the North Korean crisis?
Cristian Licea (3 months ago)
+Capras12 put whatever label you want on it, it all comes down to individual social behavior and group dynamics. People want things and other people want those things too, how they resolve this problem is completely up to them.
Problem I always have with the measure of war being in decline of course everything is going to be seen as a decline after the biggest war in human history.
Capras12 (3 months ago)
maybe you should go look at the statistics yourself and see that the tread goes father back than that.
Roy Alvarez (3 months ago)
So that’s why domestic terrorists are all ex military.
Dog alpha (3 months ago)
it's ok, earth will still be here when we blow ourselves to kingdom come, a few million years it will take a the reptiles will probably rule earth again.
L Lee (3 months ago)
1.06 Russian aggression towards Europe? What about that Russians feel threatened by unreliable and broken promises of US and Europen.
Youman 2201 (3 months ago)
USA are the main causers of most wars
Capras12 (3 months ago)
Once this 9-11 bullshit is resolved, I'll be happy to discuss the points at the beginning. Feel free to quote me on that
Capras12 (3 months ago)
+Youman 2201 the reason why I'm not going to tell you why you are wrong is because I already know exactly what you are going to say. You are a conspiracy theorist, you don't list to facts or realist so no matter what I say you will deny it. This it's a waste of my time. If you give up your fictitious beliefs in conspiracy theories I'll be happy to tell you, but knowing your type, that will never happen. All you are doing is dodging the topic. Provide any proof of any of your claims and I will address it. So far you have done nothing but spew idoicy and ad hominem. You are the one who keep trying to derail the conversation. so do you want to defend your beliefs or are you a coward?
Youman 2201 (3 months ago)
Capras12 lol still can't provide any explanation into why my statements were untrue so you had to change the topic to 9/11. How Pathetic are you! I've wasted my time.
Capras12 (3 months ago)
+Youman 2201 first off, different buildings are built in different way (duh) so they arnt going to all burn the same. Also the grenfell building didn't have a plane crash into it with a ton of jet fuel. You also have answered any of my questions I asked before, and if the only argument you can make is about my sure of the word your, than thats pathetic, and not an argument. Plus my IQ which you don't know, doesn't change the facts I have presented, nice try at an ad hominem, very mature. An no, there were no bombs in the WTC and if there is, provide proof. You have yet to provide any proof for any claim you have made Including your first one. And I refuse to try to explain the basic logic behind why your original comment is bullshit to a conspiracy theorist. So untill the 9-11 this is resolved, that's the topic, and don't try to dodge it.
NathansHVAC (3 months ago)
But the left believes Iran should have nuclear weapons in 10 years?
Vance H (3 months ago)
Sharing, Justice and Peace for All.
Marc Padilla (3 months ago)
This is an old or rehashed video.
SamuriLemonX18 (3 months ago)
Please hire actual narrators and stop using literal robots.
John A. - (3 months ago)
I love the intro: "thx for the constant media coverage of Wars and terrorist attacks most people think we live in dangerous times" -that's why I hate profit-generating news now.
Krisztián Kőrösi (3 months ago)
Really like the "small" message at the beginning. As democracies emerged, suddenly those countries hardly ever get into conflict with each other. There has been enough war, citizens of this planet don't want it again. Live in peace, and build a better world instead.
Krisztián Kőrösi (3 months ago)
The more democratic it gets, the more we can define it. The less democratic it get, the more political agendas would get into focus.
Capras12 (3 months ago)
It what we all want, but the world is complicated unfortunately
zedeighty (3 months ago)
The USA has been at war for 222 years of its existence. But they just take after their dear old dad, we Brits have been in so many conflicts it would be nearly impossible to count them all. So... Uh... What is it that makes a rogue state a rogue state, again?
JT Esterkamp (3 months ago)
good to see you faded the doves this time

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