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Conventional wisdom has it that warfare has become increasingly deadly, with dire predictions of massive casualties to come. But in the past 10 years, battle-related deaths were half those of the 1990’s, a third of those in the Cold War and a hundredth of those during World War II.

Making News House, Senate Agree on Payroll-Tax Extension

After weeks of dispute, just one disappointed Congressman or Senator could have killed the compromise over tax cuts, unemployment benefits and doctors’ compensation from Medicare, but none did and the President has signed it into law—with an eye on the future… 

Guests:
David Hawkings, CQ Roll Call (@davidhawkings)

Main Topic What Are the Prospects for "Peace on Earth"?

Armed conflict may dominate news coverage, but the world is experiencing a historic lull in warfare.  What are the reasons?  Will it continue?  What does it mean for defense spending—and the prospects for peace?   

The Pentagon is working to cut 450 billion dollars over the next 10 years, and the failure of the Super Committee on deficit reduction may add 600 billion dollars more.  Defense Department officials call that catastrophic.  But warfare is changing—in some very surprising ways.

Guests:
Joshua Goldstein, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, American University
Fred Kaplan, Columnist, Slate.com
Michael O'Hanlon, Brookings Institution (@MichaelEOHanlon)
James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies (@james_a_lewis)

Reporter's Notebook Bridging the Theological Divide between Jews and Christians

Hanukkah and Christmas are overlapping this year, and many religious leaders are saying this is a notable period of reconciliation between two of the Abrahamic traditions. So maybe it’s no coincidence that “The Jewish Annotated New Testament” has become a big seller. We’ll talk with one of its editors in a moment with “To the Point.” 

Guests:
Amy-Jill Levine, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University

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