from the annals of … duh!

via amren, segregating ethnicities makes for more peaceful coexistence:

“Good Fences: The Importance of Setting Boundaries for Peaceful Coexistence”

“Abstract: We consider the conditions of peace and violence among ethnic groups, testing a theory designed to predict the locations of violence and interventions that can promote peace…. Switzerland is recognized as a country of peace, stability and prosperity. This is surprising because of its linguistic and religious diversity that in other parts of the world lead to conflict and violence. Here we analyze how peaceful stability is maintained. Our analysis shows that peace does not depend on integrated coexistence, but rather on well defined topographical and political boundaries separating groups…. A similar analysis of the area of the former Yugoslavia shows that during widespread ethnic violence existing political boundaries did not coincide with the boundaries of distinct groups, but peace prevailed in specific areas where they did coincide. The success of peace in Switzerland may serve as a model to resolve conflict in other ethnically diverse countries and regions of the world.”

see also:

“Scientists show how to make peace”

“‘Trying to get people to ignore cultural, religious and ethinc differences is often counterproductive. There is an alternative that allows an active role for diversity,’ said Professor Yaneer Bar-Yam, who heads NECSI and is a co-author of the paper. ‘Boundaries that give groups some amount of autonomy can serve to mitigate conflict where people naturally seek to live near others of their own group….

“‘According to the theory, well mixed or well separated groups don’t engage in violence. Groups of a particular size next to each other interfere with each other leading to conflict and violence.”

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