"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." -Steven Pinker, professor of psychology, Harvard College; author of the bestseller The Blank Slate
“Winning the War on War
does what no other book has attempted, providing a synoptic view, and narrative, of the slow but successful evolution of UN peacekeeping. It takes an unusual and unorthodox approach that works very well indeed.” - Paul Kennedy, Professor of History, Yale University and author of The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers
“Professor Goldstein has written a novel, highly informative, and exceedingly valuable book.” - David Hamburg, President Emeritus, Carnegie Corporation of New York; former president, AAAS
“A highly readable account of the nature and problems of peacekeeping… an important contribution to public understanding of international affairs.” - Brian Urquhart, Former Undersecretary-General of the UN; author of Ralph Bunche: An American Life
“Joshua Goldstein… tells the untold story of how we seem to be winning the long-term fight against war, and why. His book should be required reading for policymakers and the media.” -Nils Petter Gleditsch, Peace Research Institute Oslo
“A surprising study that suggests warfare is decreasing .... Optimistic, useful history of diplomacy as counterweight to brutality.” -Kirkus
“The most important political book of the year.” -Gregg Easterbrook, author of The Progress Paradox
From the Inside Flap
The astounding truth: peacekeeping is working
Preeminent scholar of international relations, Joshua Goldstein, tears down one of the greatest myths of modern history.
Despite all the hand wringing, fear mongering, and bad-news headlines, peace is on the rise
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 each other--all today's wars are civil wars. This worldwide decline in armed conflict is crucially important for America's shift from a decade of war to an era of lower military budgets and operations.
Goldstein's groundbreaking analysis of the empirical evidence is convincing, but the real power of his argument lies in the accounts of experiences on the violent frontlines where peace must actually be put into effect. His vivid "boots on the ground" account shows how today's successes in building peace grow out of decades of effort and sacrifice by ordinary and extraordinary 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.
Taking us from his own sleepless night in Beirut as shells landed in nearby streets, to the agonizing failures of the international community in Bosnia and Rwanda, to the recent triumphs of peacekeeping in West Africa, Goldstein tells the most exciting and important untold global story of our age. He shows how large-scale looting, sexual assault, and atrocities are being stopped, and how we can continue building on these hopeful and inspiring achievements to keep winning the war on war.
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