Peacekeepers, Politicians, and Warlords: The Liberian Peace by Abiodun Alao

By Abiodun Alao

While the overseas neighborhood responds to an enormous humanitarian emergency, reminiscent of the only in Liberia, the operation that effects is either complex and ephemeral. The multifaceted nature of the issues within the drawback region draws many alternative responses starting from the deployment of hundreds of thousands of foreign troops and observers to teams of civilians who act in the neighborhood. performing at the same time yet no longer regularly in live performance with the reaction operations are the local and overseas political leaders. within the context of Liberia, the drawback and the overseas reaction to it built in levels, each one with its personal idiosyncratic nature, attribute type of violence, solid of dominant personalities, and clean bouts of maximum violence. Peacekeepers, Politicians, and Warlords is an unique account of the complete peace technique in Liberia that penetrates the jobs of the peacekeepers, the warlords and the politicians who have been the most important actors during this narrative. UNU sequence on Foundations of Peace

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Democratic Counterinsurgents: How Democracies Can Prevail in by William Patterson

By William Patterson

This publication explores the ways that democracies can win counterinsurgencies after they enforce a formal method. At a time whilst the united states is retrenching from bungled international wars that concerned lethal rebel uprisings, it is a quite vital argument. Succumbing to the trauma of these engagements and drawing the inaccurate conclusions approximately counterinsurgency can simply bring about additional defeat sooner or later. instead of assuming that counterinsurgency is useless, it is necessary to appreciate traditional reaction to an rebel problem is probably going to fail. Counterinsurgency has to be utilized from the start, and if performed effectively could be powerful, even if utilized by democratic regimes. actually, simply because such regimes are usually wealthier; have extra event at institution-building and sensible governance; are extra pluralistic in nature and as a result get pleasure from better degrees of legitimacy than do autocracies, democracies can have enormous benefits in counterinsurgency war. instead of surrender in melancholy, democracies may still learn how to leverage those benefits and enforce them opposed to destiny insurgencies.

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Europeanization of the Western Balkans: Environmental by Adam Fagan, Indraneel Sircar

By Adam Fagan, Indraneel Sircar

Following the violent conflicts within the Nineteen Nineties, the internationally-driven peace development missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia were changed by way of concepts to push either nations in the direction of ecu Union accession.

The states offer an attractive distinction. The advanced, fragmented associations in Bosnia-Herzegovina resulted from an the world over imposed structure, as a part of an formidable venture to construct a nation from scratch. Serbia inherited its administrative and technical capacities from Yugoslavia, so the transformation is targeted on adapting practices from the former regime to conform with eu criteria.

Focusing on a specific coverage area – environmental governance – the e-book considers how new associations are created and the way they improve along present constructions on a countrywide and european point. It analyses consultative techniques round significant infrastructure initiatives in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia funded through foreign monetary associations equivalent to the area financial institution which will verify to what quantity overseas companies and different governmental and non-governmental firms have contributed to environmental governance in keeping with ecu most sensible practice.

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Practical Pacifism by Andrew G. Fiala

By Andrew G. Fiala

As americans, the place can we stand in regard to the activities our squaddies are taking our name?
The usa has a distinct accountability and chance to take advantage of democracy to finish conflict; yet, after 11th of September, many can not think pacifism in any shape. useful Pacifism argues for an method of peace that goals past faith towards an ethical consensus that's built pragmatically via discussion geared toward overlapping consensus.
This paintings is a closely-reasoned argument for a pragmatic dedication to pacifism in mild of ways during which conflict is presently waged.
Practical Pacifism appears at simply warfare conception, the doctrine of double influence, John Rawls and Lao-Tse, utopianism and Machiavellianism, proposing a heavily reasoned argument for a realistic dedication to pacifism in gentle of how during which warfare is at the moment waged.
Pondering the query from many angles, the writer argues for an method of peace that goals past faith towards an ethical consensus that's constructed pragmatically.
The usa can have a distinct accountability and chance to take advantage of democracy to finish conflict; Fiala enlists the nice thinkers and the outlines of contemporary historical past to steer the debate.
Like Simon Wiesenthal s 1976 e-book, The Sunflower: at the percentages and bounds of Forgiveness, useful Pacifism demanding situations the reader to outline his ideals approximately justice, compassion, and human accountability. lower than what conditions is aggression forgivable? How will we ascertain aggression is warranted?
This booklet could be a stimulating source for periods debating concerns within the heart East and the ethical dilemmas that face the realm s sole superpower. Index, Footnotes.

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The NATO Intervention in Libya: Lessons learned from the by Kjell Engelbrekt, Marcus Mohlin, Charlotte Wagnsson

By Kjell Engelbrekt, Marcus Mohlin, Charlotte Wagnsson

This ebook explores ‘lessons discovered’ from the army intervention in Libya by way of analyzing key elements of the 2011 NATO campaign.

NATO’s intervention in Libya had special good points, rendering it not likely to function a version for motion in different occasions. there has been an particular UN defense Council mandate to exploit army strength, a powerful eu dedication to guard Libyan civilians, Arab League political endorsement and American engagement within the serious, preliminary section of the air crusade. even though the seven-month intervention stretched NATO’s ammunition stockpiles and political will nearly to their respective breaking issues, the definitive overthrow of the Gaddafi regime is universally considered as a huge accomplishment.

With contributions from a variety of key thinkers and analysts within the box, the ebook first explains the legislation and politics of the intervention, beginning out with deliberations in NATO and on the UN protection Council, either extensively inspired via the idea that of a accountability to guard (R2P). It then is going directly to research a large set of army and auxiliary measures that governments and defence forces undertook that allows you to more and more tilt the stability opposed to the Gaddafi regime and to lead to an finish to the clash, in addition to to the intervention right, whereas striving to maintain the variety of NATO and civilian casualties to a minimum.

This ebook can be of curiosity to scholars of strategic reviews, historical past and conflict stories, and IR in general.

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Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism by Joel Andreas

By Joel Andreas

"I hugely suggest [Addicted to War] to someone who's attracted to studying the reality approximately US wars."—Glenn Greenwald, writer of No position to conceal: Edward Snowden, The NSA and The U.S. Surveillance State

"This is crucial comedian booklet ever written. . . . it's my wish that you just learn this publication and go it alongside to as many of us as you can."—Woody Harrelson, actor

Updates contain Barack Obama's drone wars, Chelsea Manning and wikileaks, information on army spending;,and the continuing expenses and results of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Joel Andreas teaches sociology at Johns Hopkins University.

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