The Great Pacification, U.S. Edition
By Bryan Caplan
Recent horrors notwithstanding, there is a strong long-run global trend toward fewer war deaths. A new paper by Tim Kane somewhat surprisingly shows that there is also a strong long-run trend toward lower U.S. troop deployments. Basic graph:
US troops to US population uses the left scale; deployed US troops to world population uses the right scale.
The regional breakdown is also striking:
Extremely low deployments in Eastern Europe and the FSU make it even harder to take Russian nationalists’ resentment of American interference in their “sphere of influence” seriously.