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Wars of Law: Unintended Consequences in the Regulation of Armed Conflict Hardcover – May 15, 2018
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"In this profound, provocative book, Tanisha Fazal reveals the unintended consequences of trying to tame war through law. Her distinctive blend of historical narrative and quantitative analysis explodes many myths about peace and war, statehood and secession, and cements her reputation as one of our subtlest scholars of international affairs."(David Armitage, Harvard University, author of Civil Wars: A History in Ideas)
"Why have states stopped declaring war? Why do they so rarely even refer to their wars as wars? Why have rebel groups become less likely to declare independence but more likely to declare that they will abide by the laws of war? Wars of Law addresses these and other puzzling trends in the use and disuse of international laws of war by states and non-state actors that few had even noticed before, let alone explained systematically. Encompassing an ambitious empirical sweep that covers both civil and interstate wars over two centuries, and employing a multitude of research methods, including text analysis, case studies informed by carefully done archival research and interviews, and quantitative analysis of newly collected data, Fazal demonstrates convincingly that these shifts are unintended consequences of the development of international humanitarian law. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, this book will be an important read for anyone interested in international norms and law, historical change in international relations, or the strategies of belligerents at war."(Page Fortna, Harold Brown Professor of US Foreign and Security Policy, Columbia University)
"Wars of Law has several interesting and perhaps unexpected consequences for how combatants resort to war and conduct war and will be important to both academics working in the field and to policymakers. Fazal's work will be recognized as a valuable contribution to academic work and pushes the analysis both theoretically and empirically in new directions relative to important other recent books in this area."(Paul Huth, Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, College Park)
About the Author
Tanisha M. Fazal is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of State Death: The Politics and Geography of Conquest, Occupation, and Annexation, winner of the Best Book Award of the APSA Conflict Processes Section.
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