Distant Thunder / Edition 2

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Overview

The main locu of instability, conflict and violence in the post-Cold War world is the periphery - particularly the poorest regions of what used to be called the Third World. Internal wars of secession, struggles for power and chaos in failed or failing states are the dominant forms, expressed in intercommunal or ethnic violence, domestic and international acts of terrorism, and, increasingly, essentially criminal insurgencies with no political objective. This completely revised edition of "Distant Thunder" brings the problem of Third-World conflict into the post-Cold War era. Now that the periphery is no longer the site of surrogate competitions between rival political-economic systems, when and how should the developed countries intervene in internal wars outside the compass of their traditional geopolitical interest - and what can such intervention be realistically expected to accomplish? The new edition shows how secessionist and ethnic conflicts, terrorism and the drug trade fit into the context of international politics, examines the post-Cold War dynamics of political and economic decline, state failure, and the limits of interventionism, includes case studies of the Shining Path of Peru and its degeneration from a Maoist-type insurgency to a narco-terrorist ring and the Somali crisis as examples of the difficulties of international intervention in internal wars.
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Since the first edition (St. Martin's Press, 1993), Third World nations<-->redesignated here as the Second Tier<-->have continued to take increasingly central roles in the evolving new world order. Snow (visiting professor, US Army War College, 1989-91) analyzes the yeasty post-Cold War era in which this Second Tier emerged sans an East-West overlay of violence for the first time. With shifted centers of political gravity and economic instability, he deems the intractable nemesis to be counterinsurgency. Peru's "Sendero Luminoso" (Shining Path) is a case in point of new internal conflicts that represent either distant thunder or a siren's call that the US cannot ignore in shaping its foreign policy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563249846
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/31/1997
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Lexile: 1350L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.28 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

The Changing Face of Violent Conflict; Second Tier Problems in a First Tier-Dominated World; The Venerable Foe - Insurgency; The Intractable Nemesis - Counterinsurgency; New Internal War; The Other Challenges - Counternarcotics, Counterterrorism and Regional Conflict; Cases in Point - Sendero Luminoso and Restore Hope; Distant Thunder or Siren's Call.
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