New and Old Wars

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Stanford University Press, 2007 - Political Science - 231 pages
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Mary Kaldor's New and Old Wars has fundamentally changed the way we understand contemporary war and conflict. In the context of globalization, this path-breaking book has shown that what we think of as war—that is to say, war between states in which the aim is to inflict maximum violence—is becoming an anachronism. In its place is a new type of organized violence which could be described as a mixture of war, organized crime and massive violations of human rights. The actors are both global and local, public and private. The wars are fought for particularistic political goals using tactics of terror and destabilization that are theoretically outlawed by the rules of modern warfare.

Kaldor's analysis offers a basis for a cosmopolitan political response to these wars, in which the monopoly of legitimate organized violence is reconstructed on a transnational basis and international peacekeeping is reconceptualized as cosmopolitan law enforcement.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Old Wars
15
BosniaHerzegovina A Case Study of a New War
33
The Politics of New Wars
72
The Globalized War Economy
95
Towards a Cosmopolitan Approach
119
The New War in Iraq
150
Governance Legitimacy and Security
178
Notes
195
Index
219
Copyright

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Cosmopolitan Vision
Ulrich Beck
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About the author (2007)

Mary Kaldor is Professor and Director of the Centre of the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics.

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