The Costs of Conflict: Prevention and Cure in the Global Arena

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Overview

When it comes to conflict resolution, is an ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure? Leading scholars lay out an analytical and methodological framework for evaluating this question, and case studies on global hotspots from Bosnia to Somalia, Rwanda, Cambodia, and El Salvador (among others) put it to the test.

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Editorial Reviews

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Brown and Rosecrance's edited volume is a model of structured, focused comparison across a range of case studies. The distinguished authors analyze a variety of cases of recent domestic and international conflicts. In addition to its exercise in hypothesis testing, the book offers a valuable set of case histories, complete with maps and extensive documentation. Highly recommended for upper-division udergraduates and above.
Sir Michael Howard
Tightly argued, well-illustrated, eminently readable. The authors confront head-on the main methodological problem, how one can foresee a developing conflict situation in time to take preventive measures.
Lawrence J. Korb
Excellent scholarship, outstanding selection of cases, and well written. The issues are handled extraordinarily well and the analytical framework is applied scientifically and rigorously. This book will make an important contribution toward what will be a continuing critical debate in the years to come.
CHOICE
Brown and Rosecrance's edited volume is a model of structured, focused comparison across a range of case studies. The distinguished authors analyze a variety of cases of recent domestic and international conflicts. In addition to its exercise in hypothesis testing, the book offers a valuable set of case histories, complete with maps and extensive documentation. Highly recommended for upper-division udergraduates and above.
Thomas G. Weiss
Crisply and clearly written. This volume advances the debate on conflict prevention by focusing on concrete costs and benefits.
Lawrence J. Korb
Excellent scholarship, outstanding selection of cases, and well written. The issues are handled extraordinarily well and the analytical framework is applied scientifically and rigorously. This book will make an important contribution toward what will be a continuing critical debate in the years to come.
Michael Howard
Tightly argued, well illustrated, eminently readable. The authors confront head-on the main methodological problem, how one can foresee a developing conflict situation in time to take preventive measures.
Booknews
A comparative study of global conflict prevention which asks, in "selfish cost-benefit terms," whether conflict prevention makes sense to neighboring states, regional powers, and the international community in general. Examinations of intervention in various countries are organized into sections on failed prevention, including Bosnia, Rwanda, Somalia, Haiti, and the Persian Gulf; initial prevention, including Macedonia and Slovakia; and mid-course prevention, including Cambodia and El Salvador. The authors find that, by and large, conflict prevention is a useful and successful tactic for nation-states. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Michael E. Brown is associate professor and director of research for the National Security Studies Program at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Richard N. Rosecrance is professor of political science and director of the Center for International Relations at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Comparing Costs of Prevention and the Costs of Conflict: Toward a New Methodology Part 2 Failed Prevention Chapter 3 Bosnia Chapter 4 Rwanda Chapter 5 Somalia Chapter 6 Haiti Chapter 7 The Persian Gulf Part 8 Initial Prevention Chapter 9 Macedonia Chapter 10 Slovakia Chapter 11 Mid-Course Prevention Chapter 12 Cambodia Chapter 13 El Salvador Chapter 14 The Case for Conflict Prevention

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