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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"More than any other book, Mary Kaldor's brilliantly sustained inquiry into 'new wars' helps us grasp the complex terrain of political violence since the end of the Cold War. The richness and clarity of the overall presentation greatly strengthens Kaldor's stature as one of the most consistently imaginative and conceptually creative thinkers of our time on the central issues of global affairs." —Richard Falk, Princeton University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804756457
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/17/2007
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Mary Kaldor is Professor and Director of the Centre of the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 Old Wars 13
3 Bosnia-Herzegovina: A Case Study of a New War 31
4 The Politics of New Wars 69
5 The Globalized War Economy 90
6 Towards a Cosmopolitan Approach 112
7 Governance, Legitimacy and Security 138
Notes 153
Index 171
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