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Useful enemies : when waging wars is more important than winning them

Author: David Keen
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2012.
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Keen investigates why conflicts are so prevalent and so intractable, even when one side has much greater military resources. He 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.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Keen, David, 1958-
Useful enemies.
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2012
(DLC) 2012003457
(OCoLC)759174514
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Keen
ISBN: 9780300183719 0300183712
OCLC Number: 801411089
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 311 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
Resource wars --
Aiding resource wars? --
Vietnam: useful enemies and useless allies --
Afghanistan --
The political functions of war --
Wars within wars --
The politics of permanent emergency --
Case study of a permanent emergency: the United States --
Shame and the psychological functions of violence --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: When waging wars is more important than winning them
Responsibility: David Keen.

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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  Read more...

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