In Cambodia, on Tuesday
Oct 26, a nun was murdered. She had grabbed the wrong bowl to feed the pigs
with and then an angry man beat her to death with a stick for her mistake. Same
day, in an unrelated case, a young student became the center of a drunken
brawl. Two men got so upset with the student that they beat him with a hammer
and an iron bar.
The only thing those two
incidents have in common – apart from a deadly outcome for the victim – is that
the perpetrator was a Buddhist monk.
This article attempts to contribute to the
discussion about the emerging concept of ‘East Asian Peace’, which in its
narrower formulation refers to a dramatic decline in the number of battle
deaths from 1979 onwards. By using the data on armed conflicts and peace
processes from the School for a Culture of Peace at the Autonomous
University of Barcelona, the following article raises some
academic questions that need further research.