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Submitted by Nick van Praag on
You are absolutely right: institutions (both formal and informal) are central--and the international community has an important role to play in nurturing their development. All coutries are subject to destabilizing stresses of one kind or another. What makes them more or less prone to violent conflict is the capability and legitimacy of their institutions to internediate and temper those stresses. The NSP program you mention is a great example of the kind of soft institutions that are key to preventing violent conflict.