Joshua S. Goldstein, "Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide"
ISBN: 0525952535 | 2011 | EPUB/MOBI | 400 pages | 771 KB/943 KB
An award-winning expert on international affairs and military history reveals the astounding truth about war: Peacekeeping is working.
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.
Winning the War on War is filled with startling observations, including:
- 2010 had one of the lowest death rates from war, relative to population, of any year, ever.
- No national armies are currently fighting one another–all current wars are civil wars.
- UN peacekeeping actually works very well, and 79 percent of Americans support the UN, according to a recent poll.
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.