New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era

New and Old Wars: Organized Violence in a Global Era

by Mary Kaldor
     
 

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Mary Kaldor's New & Old Wars has fundamentally changed the way we 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… See more details below

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Mary Kaldor's New & Old Wars has fundamentally changed the way we 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 war', 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. An informal criminalized economy is built into the functioning of the new wars.

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 second edition has been revised and updated to deal fully with the implications of 'the new wars' in the post 9-11 world. In a new Chapter, Kaldor shows how old-war thinking in Iraq has greatly exacerbated what is, in many ways, the archetypal new war - with insurgency, chaos and the occupying forces' lack of direction prescient of a different kind of conflict now emerging in the twenty-first century. Like its predecessor, the second edition of New & Old Wars will be essential reading for students ofinternational relations, politics and conflict studies as well as for all those interested in the changing nature and prospect of warfare.

About the Author:
Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science

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“More than any other book, Mary Kaldor’s brilliantly sustained enquiry into ‘new wars’ helps us grasp the complex terrain of political violence since the end of the Cold War.”—Richard Falk, Princeton University

“A timely and important book. Putting the so-called ‘revolution in military affairs’ firmly to one side, Mary Kaldor has provided us with a window into the future of war.” —Martin van Kreveld,Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745638645
Publisher:
Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/04/2006
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.74(d)

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