What this IT entrepreneur and peace crusader is reading

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They’d capture kids and take them to their base camp, killing anything up to a quarter of them along the way. They’d force the survivors to kill people, sometimes their own family. I also worked in Bosnia and in the Congo.

Steve Killelea says Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace” is literature’s most searching account on the topic.  Quentin Jones

That work was obviously hard but there must have been some grace notes – some good memories.

I worked with some wonderful people like Kenyan Tegla Loroupe, one of the greatest female long-distance runners; she created a peace race. I was even initiated as a tribal warrior and got a spear, and a stool for sitting at tribal meetings.

It was as a result of working in these places that I started to think, what are the most peaceful nations in the world and what do I know about them? That’s how the global peace index was born. It struck me then that we really don’t know much about peace, so I created the Institute for Economics and Peace.

Should peace studies be taught in schools and universities?

Most definitely. But it has to come from something other than a moral basis – the assumption that “the military is bad”. It has to be more practical, more of an inquiry into what’s needed to create peace.

What’s the most searching account in literature of the problem of peace and war?

Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Tolstoy actually influenced Mahatma Gandhi, and Gandhi shaped my thinking on the subject.

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