Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide

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“The most important political book of the year.”—Gregg Easterbrook, author of The Progress Paradox

Everyone knows: wars are getting worse, more civilians are dying, and peacemaking achieves nothing, right? Wrong.

Despite all the bad-news headlines, peacekeeping is working. Fewer wars are starting, more are ending, and those that remain are smaller and more localized. But peace doesn’t just happen; it needs to be put into effect. Moreover, understanding the global decline in armed conflict is crucial as America shifts to an era of lower military budgets and operations.

Preeminent scholar of international relations, Joshua Goldstein, definitively illustrates how decades of effort by humanitarian aid agencies, popular movements—and especially the United Nations—have made a measureable difference in reducing violence in our times. Goldstein shows how we can continue building on these inspiring achievements to keep winning the war on war.

This updated and revised edition includes more information on a post-9-11 world, and is a perfect compendium for those wishing to learn more about the United States’ armed conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.   

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The astounding truth: peacekeeping is working
 
Preeminent scholar of international relations, Joshua Goldstein, tears down one of the greatest myths of modern history.  Despite all the hand wringing, fear mongering, and bad-news headlines, peace is on the rise.  Fewer wars are starting, more are ending, and those that remain are smaller and more localized than in past years. Incredibly, no national armies are still fighting each other--all today's wars are civil wars. This worldwide decline in armed conflict is crucially important for America's shift from a decade of war to an era of lower military budgets and operations.
 
Goldstein's groundbreaking analysis of the empirical evidence is convincing, but the real power of his argument lies in the accounts of experiences on the violent frontlines where peace must actually be put into effect. His vivid "boots on the ground" account shows how today's successes in building peace grow out of decades of effort and sacrifice by ordinary and extraordinary people working through international organizations, humanitarian aid agencies, and popular movements around the world. At the center of this drama is the United Nations and its sixty-year experiment in peacekeeping - overwhelmingly supported by American public opinion - which is making a measurable difference in reducing violence in our time.

Taking us from his own sleepless night in Beirut as shells landed in nearby streets, to the agonizing failures of the international community in Bosnia and Rwanda, to the recent triumphs of peacekeeping in West Africa, Goldstein tells the most exciting and important untold global story of our age. He shows how large-scale looting, sexual assault, and atrocities are being stopped, and how we can continue building on these hopeful and inspiring achievements to keep winning the war on war.

About the Author:

Joshua Goldstein is an interdisciplinary scholar of war and an awarding-winning professor at the School of International Service at American University. He has written for The American Political Science Review, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and International Studies Quarterly, as well as Op Ed pieces in The New York Times and the Christian Science Monitor. He’s been on ABC Nightline, NBC and CNN television, and BBC and NPR radio.

He has won a MacArthur Foundation Individual Research and Writing Grant, the International Studies Association's Karl Deutsch Award for research, and the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award. The National Science Foundation has funded his research. Goldstein received his M.S. and Ph.D. in political science from MIT. He has taught at Yale University, Brown University, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Maryland. As well as his current affiliation with American University in Washington, DC, he is Research Scholar in the Political Science Dept. at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Nonresident Sadat Senior Fellow at the University of Maryland.

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