Roberto Vivo

Johanna Lawshea

Roberto Vivo serves as First Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires. He was a participating member of Uruguay’s Colorado Party, in that country’s re-democratization process, both during and after the dictatorship that governed there from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. Vivo is the author of a blog entitled Peace, Justice and the Ultimate Crime and of an e-book entitled Short History of World Religions. In his latest book, War: A Crime Against Humanity (Editorial Hojas del Sur S.A.), Vivo takes the reader on a whirlwind tour of the history of war and peace from the earliest cultures to the major conflicts and peace efforts of today. He compares advances made in de-legitimizing and outlawing once accepted practices like torture, slavery and racism to the need to end war by criminalizing its use and by rendering even top world leaders accountable before the International Criminal Court for initiating aggressive conflicts against other nations. His view of the future is conditional on peace, positing that unless humanity eschews war and engages in universal peace and cooperation, it will soon be too late to save humankind from self-extinction.