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The Essence of Group Conflict

Separation with poorly defined boundaries leads to ethnic violence

9:14am, September 19, 2007

To predict where hatred among different groups of people will erupt into violence, you don't need to know the reasons for their grudges. Nor do you need to analyze the local economics, the character of the peoples, or the behavior of neighboring countries, a new mathematical analysis concludes. The study predicts ethnic violence with remarkable accuracy using only one factor: the geographical distribution of the groups.

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