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The relationship between war and genocide is a subject of scholarly analysis and debate. According to Norman Naimark, war greatly increases the risk of genocide: "if there weren’t other very good reasons to prevent war, the correlation between war and genocide is a good one".
Norman Naimark writes
throughout its history genocide has had a very close relationship to war. Even during periods of peace, the threat of war or the ostensible need to prepare for war can instigate genocidal situations. War is not a necessary precondition for genocide, and genocide does not necessarily occur during war. Still, genocide is most often associated with wartime intentions, policies, and actions. This is as true of ancient times as of the present. In fact, the general decrease in the incidence of war and civil conflict over the ages no doubt contributes to the decreasing incidence of genocide.