New and Old Wars Organized Violence in a Global Era, Third Edition

ISBN-10: 080478549X

ISBN-13: 9780804785495

Edition: 2012

Authors: Mary Kaldor
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Description: Mary Kaldor'sNew and Old Warshas fundamentally changed the way both scholars and policy-makers 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 or "new wars", 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. This approach also has implications for the reconstruction of civil society, political institutions, and economic and social relations.This third edition has been fully revised and updated. Kaldor has added an afterword answering the critics of the New Wars argument and, in a new chapter, Kaldor shows how old war thinking in Afghanistan and Iraq greatly exacerbated what turned out to be, in many ways, archetypal new wars—characterized by identity politics, a criminalized war economy and civilians as the main victims.Like its predecessors, the third edition ofNew and Old Warswill be essential reading for students of international relations, politics and conflict studies as well as to all those interested in the changing nature and prospect of warfare.

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Book details

List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 10/17/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880

Preface to the Third Edition
Abbreviations
Introduction
Old Wars
Bosnia-Herzegovina: A Case Study of a New War
The Politics of New Wars
The Globalized War Economy
Towards a Cosmopolitan Approach
The New Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
Governance, Legitimacy and Security
Afterword
Notes
Index
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