Preeminent International Relations Scholar and Author
"Winning the War on War reveals the greatest untold story of the past two decades—that contrary to popular impressions, war has become substantially rarer and less dangerous... This book could change the understanding of policy makers, opinion leaders, and a wide readership."
The preeminent IR scholar, Joshua Goldstein is now tearing down one of the greatest myths of modern history in his latest book, Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide. Despite all the hand-wringing, fearmongering, and bad-news headlines, peacekeeping is actually working. 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 one another--all of today's wars are civil wars. Understanding this worldwide decline in armed conflict is crucially important as America shifts from a decade of war to an era of lower military budgets and operations.
Joshua Goldstein is an interdisciplinary scholar of war, and winner of the International Studies Association "Book of the Decade" award for War and Gender. Goldstein 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, among others.
Winning the War on War
Despite what you may assume from news headlines, Joshua Goldstein says fewer wars are starting and peacekeeping is working. Using groundbreaking analysis of the empirical evidence, he serves up a powerful argument in the accounts of experiences on the violent front lines where peace must actually be put into effect. Goldstein shows how today's successes in building peace have grown out of decades of effort and sacrifice by 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.
Business and Winning the War on War
A strong but little-noticed reduction in the number and size of armed conflicts around the world in recent years is changing the international business climate for the better, says Joshua Goldstein in this eye-opening talk. Political risk from wars ranks high on the list of worries faced by managers navigating the changing world business environment dominated by growing international trade, just-in-time global production management, and the tight interdependence of financial markets around the world. War effects can include sudden and potentially ruinous shifts in currency values; the injury, captivity, or death of employees in foreign countries; and the destruction of mines or factories. Especially vulnerable are oil and other resource extraction industries, which historically have operated in regions prone to wars. Today, nowhere in the world are the most lethal and destructive type of war--between regular national armies on both sides--occurring. "People still feel there are a lot of wars going on, but objectively the war risks to business worldwide are lower than anytime in the past century," says Goldstein. "And that's a big deal for anyone whose bottom line depends on global products and markets."
Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide
Read the newspapers, and you'll be convinced war is worse than it's ever been: more civilian deaths, more rapes, more armed conflicts all around the world. But as leading scholar and writer Joshua Goldstein shows in this vivid, dramatic book, the reality is just the opposite. We are in the midst of a general decline in armed conflict that is truly extraordinary in human history.
Goldstein has compiled evidence ranging from the histories of UN peacekeeping missions to the latest Swedish data on armed conflicts. He tells the stories of peacekeeping failures such as Bosnia and Rwanda, but also the less heralded success stories such as Mozambique and El Salvador. In this "boots on the ground" account, Goldstein shows why global peacekeeping efforts are working--how large-scale looting, sexual assault, and genocidal atrocities are being stopped--and how we can continue winning the war on war.
Top-selling text in its field, International Relations provides unparalleled coverage of international political economy, traditional and alternative theoretical perspectives, technology, and contemporary global events. Completely updated. Expanded and updated coverage of the ongoing war in Iraq, nuclear proliferation in North Korea and Iran; the new Palestinian leadership; Islamic radicalism; global anti-Americanism; the expanded EU and NATO; and world trade talks. Expanded discussion of constructivism. New “Policy Perspectives” is a one-page feature puts students in the shoes of top policy makers — for example, Russian President Putin -- making foreign-policy choices in response to a problem or challenge. The box includes an inset photo of the policy maker. The feature engages students to apply IR concepts in real-world situations, and underscores the role of individuals in the foreign-policy process.
War and Gender: How Gender Shapes the War System and Vice Versa
Gender roles are nowhere more prominent than in war, yet our understanding of the relationship between gender and war is confused. Joshua Goldstein analyzes the near-total exclusion of women from combat forces, through history and across cultures. He concludes that killing in war does not come naturally for either gender, and that gender norms often mold men, women, and children to the needs of the war system.
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