Ethnic Diversity and Ethnic Conflict

Amazing statistics!…. 5000 ethnic groups, and only 190 countries.

In today’s excerpt – ethnic conflict, which is more pervasive today than ever before, is tragically fundamental to history. In fact, many of the world’s problems stem from the fact that it has 5,000 ethnic groups but only 190 countries, and ethnic conflict is essential to understanding situations such as present-day Afghanistan and Iraq:
“The list of ethnic massacres is a long one.
“As Scientific American said in September 1998, ‘Many of the world’s problems stem from the fact that it has 5,000 ethnic groups but only 190 countries.’ …
“Ethnic diversity does not automatically imply ethnic conflict, violent or otherwise, it merely reflects the potential for such conflict, if opportunistic politicians try to exploit ethnic divisions to gain an ethnic power base. Apparently such opportunism is common
“[However,] ethnically diverse countries with good institutions tend to escape the violence, poverty, and redistribution usually associated with ethnic diversity. Democracy also helps neutralize ethnic differences; ethnically diverse democracies don’t seem to be at an economic disadvantage relative to ethnically homogeneous democracies.”Read more at campaign.constantcontact.com
 

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