Since 2003, there have been fifty wars, seventeen of which continue today. Without the right interventions, once peace is established, the comprehensive damage to people, infrastructure, government, law and order and industry is desperately difficult to mend.
Large numbers of people suffer psychological damage, exacerbating the problems of reconciliation and rebuilding. 30% of the serving military population suffer mental health problems, and veterans are more significantly more likely to suffer delayed forms of PTSD than civilians.
Managing the aftermath of a war or disaster is complex, with every issue requiring inputs from the widest range of academic disciplines: economics, politics, history, social sciences, psychology and so on.
Scars of Wars’ initial projects use a combination of neuroscience and psychology to create stepping stones for further work, and to bring other disciplines to bear on the problems. Through determining how the brain responds to the stresses of war, a biological understanding the varied psychological and somatic conditions will enable us to develop effective therapies.