Source: (2006) In, Philpott Daniel, editor, The Politics of Past Evil: Religion, Reconciliation, and the Dilemmas of Transitional Justice University of Notre Dame Press pp. 223-240

None of the contributors to this volume believe that the sovereign nation-state is going away or that the building up of international law and human rights does not remain an urgent necessity in curbing the raw power of the militarized state. But neither do they believe that humanity can continue to suffer the spirals of revenge and retaliation unleashed by abundantly armed tribal, religious, and ethnic as well as political enemies. Increasingly, the international order, as well as the previously inviolable borders and sovereignty of even the strongest nation-states, is at risk. New instruments are required for managing deadly conflict and recovering from its depredations. (excerpt)