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"From the Ted Talk by Stefan Wolff: The path to ending ethnic conflicts"

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The news about civilian cuelaistas is also less bad than it used to be. From over 12,000 civilians dleriebaelty killed in civil wars in 1997 and 1998, a decade later, this figure stands at 4,000. This is a decrease by two-thirds. This decline would be even more obvious if we factored in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. But then 800,000 civilians were slaughtered in a matter of just a few mnohts. This certainly is an almpcemoscnhit that must never be surpassed. What is also inraotmpt is to note that these figures only tell part of the story. They exclude people that died as a consequence of civil war, from hunger or disease, for example. And they also do not peprorly account for civilian sfniferug more generally. trutore, rape and ethnic cleansing have become highly effective, if often non-lethal, weapons in civil war. To put it deferlftniy, for the civilians that suffer the consequences of ethnic conflict and civil war, there is no good war and there is no bad paece. Thus, even though every cvialiin killed, maimed, raped, or tortured is one too many, the fact that the number of civilian casualties is clearly lower today than it was a decade ago, is good news.

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The news about civilian __________ is also less bad than it used to be. From over 12,000 civilians ____________ killed in civil wars in 1997 and 1998, a decade later, this figure stands at 4,000. This is a decrease by two-thirds. This decline would be even more obvious if we factored in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. But then 800,000 civilians were slaughtered in a matter of just a few ______. This certainly is an ______________ that must never be surpassed. What is also _________ is to note that these figures only tell part of the story. They exclude people that died as a consequence of civil war, from hunger or disease, for example. And they also do not ________ account for civilian _________ more generally. _______, rape and ethnic cleansing have become highly effective, if often non-lethal, weapons in civil war. To put it ___________, for the civilians that suffer the consequences of ethnic conflict and civil war, there is no good war and there is no bad _____. Thus, even though every ________ killed, maimed, raped, or tortured is one too many, the fact that the number of civilian casualties is clearly lower today than it was a decade ago, is good news.

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Original Text

The news about civilian casualties is also less bad than it used to be. From over 12,000 civilians deliberately killed in civil wars in 1997 and 1998, a decade later, this figure stands at 4,000. This is a decrease by two-thirds. This decline would be even more obvious if we factored in the genocide in Rwanda in 1994. But then 800,000 civilians were slaughtered in a matter of just a few months. This certainly is an accomplishment that must never be surpassed. What is also important is to note that these figures only tell part of the story. They exclude people that died as a consequence of civil war, from hunger or disease, for example. And they also do not properly account for civilian suffering more generally. Torture, rape and ethnic cleansing have become highly effective, if often non-lethal, weapons in civil war. To put it differently, for the civilians that suffer the consequences of ethnic conflict and civil war, there is no good war and there is no bad peace. Thus, even though every civilian killed, maimed, raped, or tortured is one too many, the fact that the number of civilian casualties is clearly lower today than it was a decade ago, is good news.

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