The Monitor's View What to think of North Korea on Peace Day

One reason the United Nations is so focused on preventive diplomacy regarding North Korea is a growing emphasis on ‘positive drivers’ of peace. One example is the widening celebration of International Peace Day.


A common predictor of war is whether enough people expect one. A new Gallup poll, for example, finds 58 percent of Americans support military action against North Korea if economic and diplomatic efforts fail to end its nuclear threat. That figure is up from 47 percent in 2003. Such polling, however, is enlightening for two reasons. It presumes the public might have a say on whether a conflict breaks out. And it focuses more on the possibility of warmaking than on peacemaking.