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_iconDavid Rockwell: A memorial at Ground Zero

David Rockwell: A memorial at Ground Zero

24:37 Posted: Jun 2007

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Play_iconJames Nachtwey: My wish: Let my photographs bear witness

James Nachtwey: My wish: Let my photographs bear witness

21:56 Posted: Apr 2007

Views: 732,761 | Comments: 96

Play_iconBill Clinton: My wish: Rebuilding Rwanda

Bill Clinton: My wish: Rebuilding Rwanda

24:07 Posted: Apr 2007

Views: 708,181 | Comments: 94

Play_iconMartin Rees: Is this our final century?

Martin Rees: Is this our final century?

17:26 Posted: Jan 2007

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Play_iconRobert Wright: Progress is not a zero-sum game

Robert Wright: Progress is not a zero-sum game

19:11 Posted: Jan 2007

Views: 669,974 | Comments: 120

Play_iconPeter Gabriel: Fight injustice with raw video

Peter Gabriel: Fight injustice with raw video

14:08 Posted: Dec 2006

Views: 441,563 | Comments: 48

Play_iconAshraf Ghani: How to rebuild a broken state

Ashraf Ghani: How to rebuild a broken state

18:45 Posted: Oct 2006

Views: 481,099 | Comments: 58

Play_iconSasa Vucinic: Why we should invest in a free press

Sasa Vucinic: Why we should invest in a free press

18:00 Posted: Oct 2006

Views: 213,480 | Comments: 34

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