This book is the first of two volumes to come out of a project commissioned by the World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), which is part of the United Nations University (UNU). The project, on 'Restructuring the Global Military Sector', seeks to analyse changes in the nature of warfare and preparations for warfare in the post-Cold War world. This volume focuses on so-called 'new wars': that is, 'it aims to describe what is new about contemporary wars' (p.xi). 'New wars' are generally understood to be contemporary wars resulting from the disintegration of states and involving identity politics. The book is divided into two parts. The first part examines general issues, in particular the role of organized crime, light weapons trafficking, Islam and UN humanitarian intervention in new wars. The second part offers case studies of wars and interventions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Transcaucasus, the territory of the former Soviet Union, Cambodia, South Asia and Africa. The starting point for the analysis is the recognition that the Clausewitzian model of war is inadequate for understanding changes in the nature of warfare since 1989, not least because, if one accepts this model, then political violence that does not fit it
Journal of International Peacekeeping – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1998
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