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Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars Is More Important Than Winning Them
     

Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars Is More Important Than Winning Them

by David Keen
 

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ISBN-10: 030016274X

ISBN-13: 9780300162745

Pub. Date: 07/31/2012

Publisher: Yale University Press

There are currently between twenty and thirty civil wars worldwide, while at a global level the Cold War has been succeeded by a "war on drugs" and a "war on terror" that continues to rage a decade after 9/11. Why is this, when we know how destructive war is in both human and economic terms? Why do the efforts of aid organizations and international diplomats

Overview

There are currently between twenty and thirty civil wars worldwide, while at a global level the Cold War has been succeeded by a "war on drugs" and a "war on terror" that continues to rage a decade after 9/11. Why is this, when we know how destructive war is in both human and economic terms? Why do the efforts of aid organizations and international diplomats founder so often?

In this important book David Keen investigates why conflicts are so prevalent and so intractable, even when one side has much greater military resources. Could it be that endemic disorder and a "state of emergency" are more useful than bringing conflict to a close? Keen asks who benefits from wars—whether economically, politically, or psychologically—and argues that in order to bring them successfully to an end we need to understand the complex vested interests on all sides.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300162745
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Resource Wars 11

Chapter 2 Aiding Resource Wars? 33

Chapter 3 Vietnam: Useful enemies and useless allies 45

Chapter 4 Afghanistan 64

Chapter 5 The Political Functions of War 92

Chapter 6 Wars Within Wars 116

Chapter 7 The Politics of Permanent Emergency 138

Chapter 8 Case Study of a Permanent Emergency: the United States 171

Chapter 9 Shame and the Psychological Functions of Violence 195

Conclusion 235

Endnotes 248

Bibliography 276

Index 299

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