Themes War and Peace

War and Peace

TEDTalks offer many perspectives on war -- from Thomas Barnett's bracing realpolitik to James Nachtwey's powerful photos of global conflict.

In fact, it is startling how many TEDTalks touch on war, armaments, strategies, effects. Alan Russell's talk on way-new medicine is capped by his discussion of combat burn injuries. Chris Abani and Patrick Awuah, a writer and an educator, both talk about how a country under military control cannot grow a strong people. Deborah Scranton uses the latest moviemaking techniques to tell the ancient, never-ending story of war and its fighters.

But perhaps it need not be a never-ending story. Steven Pinker makes his case for our world being less violent than any society before. And Robert Wright tells us that global war is not a zero-sum game. We can't have pure winners and pure losers -- we must all win a little, or we all lose.

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Play_iconBahia Shehab: A thousand times no

Bahia Shehab: A thousand times no

05:56 Posted: Sep 2012

Views: 836,382 | Comments: 73

Play_iconScilla Elworthy: Fighting with nonviolence

Scilla Elworthy: Fighting with nonviolence

15:47 Posted: Aug 2012

Views: 799,687 | Comments: 183

Play_iconJames Stavridis: A Navy Admiral's thoughts on global security

James Stavridis: A Navy Admiral's thoughts on global security

16:43 Posted: Jul 2012

Views: 637,129 | Comments: 200

Play_iconMarc Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future

Marc Goodman: A vision of crimes in the future

19:25 Posted: Jul 2012

Views: 953,573 | Comments: 442

Play_botw_iconKeith Nolan: Deaf in the military

Keith Nolan: Deaf in the military

18:41 Posted: Feb 2012

Views: 85,416 | Comments: 58

Play_iconStephen Coleman: The moral dangers of non-lethal weapons

Stephen Coleman: The moral dangers of non-lethal weapons

17:32 Posted: Feb 2012

Views: 406,642 | Comments: 172

Play_iconPeter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun

Peter van Uhm: Why I chose a gun

17:10 Posted: Jan 2012

Views: 953,014 | Comments: 581

Play_iconJonas Gahr Støre: In defense of dialogue

Jonas Gahr Støre: In defense of dialogue

14:58 Posted: Jan 2012

Views: 238,576 | Comments: 56

Play_iconKaren Tse: How to stop torture

Karen Tse: How to stop torture

12:43 Posted: Dec 2011

Views: 452,802 | Comments: 106

Play_iconSrdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator

Srdja Popovic: How to topple a dictator

12:02 Posted: Dec 2011

Views: 162,927 | Comments: 78

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