Regional Governance Architecture and Security Policy
In the recently published Human Security Report1, we learn that despite popular fears and misperceptions the world is actually a safer place than it was a decade ago: conflicts between states, civil wars, battle deaths, coups and genocides have all declined. Although bloody conflict continues in parts of Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, the overall incidence of warfare has decreased. In 1992 when the Yugoslav wars of secession began there were 51 state-based conflicts around the world. The figures dropped to 29 in 2003. The arms trade has also declined by a third in a similar period.