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

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-07-31
  • Publisher: Plume

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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.

Table of Contents

Prologuep. ix
War on the Street Outside: Beirut, 1980p. 1
The Long-Term Trend: A Trip in a Time Machine, 2011 to Prehistoric Timesp. 12
Palestine to Congo: The Invention of Peacekeeping, 1947-61p. 45
Angola to Mozambique: Failures and Successes of the Early 1990sp. 73
The Kofi Annan Reforms: Consolidation and Expansion, 1997-2006p. 109
The Sierra Leone Model: Multidimensional Peace Operations, 1998-2011p. 136
The Unarmy: Nonmilitary Forces Supporting Peacep. 177
Peace Movements: If You Want Peace, Work for Peacep. 203
Assessing Progress: Is Peace Increasing since 1945?p. 229
Three Myths: Finding the Truth When Conventional Wisdom Is Wrongp. 253
Wars of the World: The Fires Still Smolderingp. 275
What We Can Do: A New Global Identityp. 308
Notesp. 329
Referencesp. 353
Acknowledgmentsp. 373
Indexp. 375
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