Marta Botta, Aliasghar Abbasi
Journal of Futures Studies
This paper offers a futures analysis of armed conflicts and its detrimental impact on the three pillars of sustainable development – economic, social and environmental. It draws on macro history to contextualize war along its socio-political and psychological drivers and explores alternative options for conflict resolution. The macro history perspective offers an alternative view of armed conflict, as a vehicle of social change, due to its disruptive action on stagnating social conditions. War, as a feature of the dominator society, is a barrier to sustainable development.