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New & old wars

Author: Mary Kaldor
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"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,
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Kaldor
ISBN: 0804756457 9780804756457 0804756465 9780804756464
OCLC Number: 85479050
Description: xiii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Old wars --
Bosnia-Herzegovina: a case study of a new war --
The politics of new wars --
The globalized war economy --
Towards a cosmopolitan approach --
The new war in Iraq --
Governance, legitimacy and security.
Other Titles: New and old wars
New & old wars : organized violence in a global era
Responsibility: Mary Kaldor.

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"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."--Jacket.

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