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Values and Violence

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The recently established Institute of Public and International Affairs at the University of Utah has an impressive vision for positively impacting what goes on in the world. A unique and prestigious conference being held today and tomorrow in Salt Lake offers an indication of what Institute founders have in mind.

With so much conflict in the world, are there non-violent solutions to what's occurring? How do values influence policy options for containing terrorism? Does violence actually work and at what cost?

These are a few of the questions an impressive array of scholars from around the world is tackling this week during the IPIA sponsored conference at the U! Organizers fully intend to have this international conference on human rights, human dignity and international cooperation, and terrorism lead to further academic discussions on a worldwide scale. The ultimate goal, of course, would be the peaceful resolution of conflict in an increasingly dangerous and volatile world.

KSL commends conference organizers and the Institute of Public and International Affairs for taking on such an enormous challenge. While it is unlikely the conference itself will directly result in less worldwide violence, it at least engenders discussion, which may lead to greater understanding among the peoples of the world.

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