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Sixteen Million One (International Studies Intensives)by Patrick M. Regan
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Regan (political science, Binghamton U., Britain) takes his title from the approximation of how many people have died in civil wars around the world over the past half century. He sets out the causes and implication of civil wars to help policy makers design effective ways to control them, and to help ordinary citizens understand what their leaders are doing and what effect it might have. He begins with causes, covering discontent, forewarnings, houses built on sand, tipping point, and perfect storm. Then he asks who fights, and explores exclusion and solidarity, bloody favoritism, intransigence and repression, and Scylla and Charybdis. Finally he looks at what the world can do: lawyers, guns, and money; persuasion; blue helmets and bleu cheese; and the road to Damascus. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Sixteen million people have died in civil wars in the past 50 years. In view of that, civil wars may be the single most destabilizing force in world politics today. The only greater killer is the suffering that pushes individuals into them. Civil wars create regional and global instability that threatens economic initiatives and political continuity. Preventing civil wars is a challenge that the policy community is ill-equipped to handle. Rwanda is an example-a tragedy that the world did nothing to stop. Iraq and Afghanistan are tragedies the world did much to inflame. This book uses argument, evidence, and intuition born of experience to provide an account of civil wars and the steps we can take to reduce them.
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