The State, War, & the State of War (Cambridge Studies in International Relations)

The State, War, & the State of War (Cambridge Studies in International Relations)

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Cambridge University Press, 1/12/2008
EAN 9780521577908, ISBN10: 052157790X

Paperback, 272 pages, 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.7 cm
Language: English

War has traditionally been studied as a problem deriving from the relations between states. Strategic doctrines, arms control agreements, and the foundation of international organizations such as the United Nations are designed to prevent wars between states. Since 1945, however, the incidence of interstate war has actually been declining rapidly, while the incidence of internal wars has been increasing. The author argues that in order to understand this significant change in historical patterns, we should jettison many of the analytical devices derived from international relations studies and shift attention to the problems of 'weak' states, those states unable to sustain domestic legitimacy and peace. This book surveys some of the foundations of state legitimacy and demonstrates why many weak states will be the locales of war in the future. Finally, the author asks what the United Nations can do about the problems of weak and failed states.

1. Thinking about war in international politics
2. Wars of the third kind
3. The formation of states before 1945
4. The creation of states since 1945
5. The strength of states
6. The perils of the weak
the state-strength dilemma
7. Wars of the third kind and international politics
8. Analyzing an anomaly
war, peace, and the state in South America
9. International responses to the weak state
managing and resolving wars of the third kind
major armed conflicts by region and type, 1945–1995