The Pill vs. the Sword: Additional Considerations; Comment on “The Pill Is Mightier Than the Sword”

Document Type : Commentary


Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA


In this paper, I present additional information for policy-makers and researchers to consider in response to the view proposed by Potts et al that “the pill is mightier than the sword.” I identify states with both high rates of terrorism and a youth bulge and discuss correlates of both these societal characteristics. The research examined supports the view that factors other than access to family planning are more important in facilitating


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