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

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Penguin, 2012 - History - 385 pages
"The most important political book of the year."--Gregg Easterbrook, author of The Progress Paradox

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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A surprising study that suggests warfare is decreasing and growing less intense, coupled with a strident defense of peacekeeping and the United Nations.Goldstein (School of International Service ... Read full review

Contents

The LongTerm Trend
12
Palestine to Congo
45
Angola to Mozambique
73
The Kofi Annan Reforms
109
The Sierra Leone Model
136
The Unarmy
177
Peace Movements
203
Assessing Progress
229
Three Myths
253
Wars of the World
275
What We Can
308
Notes
329
References
353
Acknowledgments
373
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Joshua Goldstein is an interdisciplinary scholar of war and an awarding-winning professor at the School of International Service at American University. He has written for The American Political Science Review, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and International Studies Quarterly, as well as Op Ed pieces in The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. He's been on ABC Nightline, NBC and CNN television, and BBC and NPR radio.

He has won a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant, the International Studies Association's Karl Deutsch Award for research, and the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award. The National Science Foundation has funded his research. Goldstein received his M.S. and Ph.D. in political science from MIT. He has taught at Yale University, Brown University, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Maryland. As well as his current affiliation with American University in Washington, DC, he is Research Scholar in the Political Science Dept. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Nonresident Sadat Senior Fellow at the University of Maryland.

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