Correlations: Peace, Trade, and Democracy

Since the early 1990s, the world has experienced a decline in both the number of armed conflicts and their intensity, according to conflict researcher Monty Marshall. While political scientists don’t agree on which of two leading factors deserves more credit, a rapid increase in global trade and the expanding number of democracies worldwide appear to have increased the likelihood of nations to seek peaceful resolutions.

Applegate is a graphics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek in New York. Follow him on Twitter @evanapplegate.

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