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Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide

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An award-winning expert on international affairs and military history reveals the astounding truth about war: Peacekeeping is working.

Read the newspapers, and you'll be convinced war is worse than it's ever been: more civilian deaths, more rapes, more armed conflicts all around the world. But as leading scholar and writer Joshua Goldstein shows in this vivid, dramatic book, the reality is just the opposite. The commonly quoted statistic that "a century ago 90 percent of war deaths were military, but nowadays 90 percent are civilian" is based on one error in a little-read, twenty-year-old report. The truth is that the military-civilian death ratio has remained at around 50-50 for centuries. Most amazingly, we are in the midst of a general decline in armed conflict that is truly extraordinary in human history.

Winning the War on War is filled with startling observations, including:

  • 2010 had one of the lowest death rates from war, relative to population, of any year, ever.
  • No national armies are currently fighting one another-all current wars are civil wars.
  • UN peacekeeping actually works very well, and 67 percent of Americans support the UN, according to a recent poll.

    Goldstein compiled evidence ranging from the histories of UN peacekeeping missions to the latest Swedish data on armed conflicts. He tells the stories of peacekeeping failures such as Bosnia and Rwanda, but also the less heralded success stories such as Mozambique and El Salvador. In this "boots on the ground" account, Goldstein shows why global peacekeeping efforts are working-how large-scale looting, sexual assault, and genocidal atrocities are being stopped-and how we can continue winning the war on war.

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In the last twenty-five years alone, by Ernie Regehr’s count, there have been ninety-eight wars, twenty-six of which are still raging around the world. Regehr puts the cost of armament for a global military made of seventy million people at $1.7 trillion per year. And yet, the overwhelming majority of wars are not settled on the battlefield, where they end in devastating, violent stalemates. Instead, they are ended in a conference room among diplomats and politicians. In this brave and discerning book, Regehr argues that we should keep in mind the proven futility of global, military effort and keep wars from ever leaving the bargaining table.  

 

Drawing on four decades of experience in conflict zones, advising and leading diplomacy efforts, and contributing to the adoption of the “Responsibility to Protect Act”by the World Assembly, Regeher boldly shows that political stability will never be issued from the barrel of a gun.

Synopsis:

Everyone knows: wars are getting worse, more civilians are dying, and peacemaking achieves nothing, right? Wrong.

Despite all the bad-news headlines, peacekeeping is working. Fewer wars are starting, more are ending, and those that remain are smaller and more localized. But peace doesn’t just happen; it needs to be put into effect. Moreover, understanding the global decline in armed conflict is crucial as America shifts to an era of lower military budgets and operations.

Preeminent scholar of international relations, Joshua Goldstein, definitively illustrates how decades of effort by humanitarian aid agencies, popular movements—and especially the United Nations—have made a measureable difference in reducing violence in our times. Goldstein shows how we can continue building on these inspiring achievements to keep winning the war on war.

This updated and revised edition includes more information on a post-9-11 world, and is a perfect compendium for those wishing to learn more about the United States’ armed conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.   

About the Author

Joshua S. Goldstein is a professor at the School of International Service at American University, winner of the International Studies Association "Book of the Decade" award, among others, and a research scholar at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he lives.

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. Fighting to lose: A quarter century of warfare

2. How wars start

3. How wars end

4. The limits to military force

5. Preventing war

6. Disarming conflict: Conventional disarmament

7. Disarming conflict: Banning all WMD

8. Disarming security: Reshaping the security envelope

9. When prevention fails: Protecting the vulnerable

10. Winning the peace: Building a stable peace

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452298590
Author:
Goldstein, Joshua S
Publisher:
Plume Books
Author:
Goldstein, Joshua S.
Author:
Regehr, Ernie
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Military - General
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9 x 5 in
Age Level:
from 18

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In the last twenty-five years alone, by Ernie Regehr’s count, there have been ninety-eight wars, twenty-six of which are still raging around the world. Regehr puts the cost of armament for a global military made of seventy million people at $1.7 trillion per year. And yet, the overwhelming majority of wars are not settled on the battlefield, where they end in devastating, violent stalemates. Instead, they are ended in a conference room among diplomats and politicians. In this brave and discerning book, Regehr argues that we should keep in mind the proven futility of global, military effort and keep wars from ever leaving the bargaining table.  

 

Drawing on four decades of experience in conflict zones, advising and leading diplomacy efforts, and contributing to the adoption of the “Responsibility to Protect Act”by the World Assembly, Regeher boldly shows that political stability will never be issued from the barrel of a gun.

"Synopsis" by ,
Everyone knows: wars are getting worse, more civilians are dying, and peacemaking achieves nothing, right? Wrong.

Despite all the bad-news headlines, peacekeeping is working. Fewer wars are starting, more are ending, and those that remain are smaller and more localized. But peace doesn’t just happen; it needs to be put into effect. Moreover, understanding the global decline in armed conflict is crucial as America shifts to an era of lower military budgets and operations.

Preeminent scholar of international relations, Joshua Goldstein, definitively illustrates how decades of effort by humanitarian aid agencies, popular movements—and especially the United Nations—have made a measureable difference in reducing violence in our times. Goldstein shows how we can continue building on these inspiring achievements to keep winning the war on war.

This updated and revised edition includes more information on a post-9-11 world, and is a perfect compendium for those wishing to learn more about the United States’ armed conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.   

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