A systems model of how ethnic tensions flare into violence has passed a test in Switzerland, where harmony prevails except for one region flagged by the analysis. Though tests of the model are still in early stages — Switzerland is the third country to be analyzed — they raise the alluring possibility that propensities to social violence can be formally quantified, predicted and even prevented.

Source: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/10/peace-boundaries/

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