Can empathy help resolve violent conflicts? Mr Blair thinks so

Empathy has a reputation as a fuzzy, feel-good emotion that many people associate in some vague way with everyday kindness. So it comes as something as a surprise when major political figures start talking about it as a key to resolving violent conflicts and peace building. This was exactly the point that former British Prime Minister Tony Blair made in a recent article in the Guardian…

 I was invited on to BBC Radio 4′s Today programme last week to discuss the role that empathy can play in constructing peace in conflict situations. As I point in the following 4-minute interview, it’s important that empathy plays a part not just in talks between leaders, but at the grass-roots, creating reconciliation between neighbours and communities that might have been embroiled in circles of violence for years. 

By Roman Krznaric