A Cure for Massive Violence: Rachel Kleinfeld

The terrible bloodshed in Syria, Yemen, and other countries at war capture global headlines. But the vast majority of killings in countries around the world are neither the result of warfare nor terrorism. 


Homicides by gangs, organized crime groups, paramilitary death squads, and ordinary people are the most common cause of violent deaths. More people have died in Mexico in recent years than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined. Murder rates in four U.S. cities are higher than in Latin American centers known for their past violence. 


Rachel Kleinfeld, a senior fellow in the Democracy, Conflict and Governance Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is our guest in this episode. Her new book, "A Savage Order: How the World's Deadliest Countries Can Forge a Path to Security", is an urgent look at how many countries, once overwhelmed by massive violence, have since recovered.


What are the specific steps needed to reduce the hugely uneven impact of "privilege violence?" In this episode of "How Do We Fix It?" we look at the vital role played by middle class citizens, who worked to restore widespread trust in democracy and institutions of government that work to protect all of the people. 


Drawing on fifteen years of study and firsthand field research in many nations, Rachel Kleinfeld, tells us why some democracies are so violent, and how others have reclaimed security.