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Goldstein's 2002 Op Ed on the lull in war
Winning the War on War:
The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide
by Joshua S. Goldstein (Dutton, September 2011)
"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. Joshua Goldstein is widely recognized as one of the world's authorities on international relations, and he recounts this story with deep expertise but also a light touch, interleaving the amazing facts with fascinating character portrayals, disarming personal reminiscences, and forgotten-but-important historical moments. This book could change the understanding of policy makers, opinion leaders, and a wide readership."
"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."
"Professor Goldstein has written a novel, highly informative, and exceedingly valuable book."
"A highly readable account of the nature and problems of peacekeeping, ... an important contribution to public understanding of international affairs."
"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."
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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. The commonly quoted statistic that "a century ago
90 percent of war deaths were military, but nowadays 90 percent are civilian" is
based on one error in a little-read, twenty-year-old report. The truth is that the
military-civilian death ratio has remained at around 50-50 for centuries. Most
amazingly, 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
o 2010 had one of the lowest death rates from war, relative to population, of any year ever.
o No national armies are currently fighting one another-all current wars are civil wars.
o UN peacekeeping actually works very well, and 79 percent of Americans favor strengthening the UN, according to a recent poll.
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.
© 2011 Joshua S. Goldstein
Table of Contents
1. War on the Street Outside: Beirut, 1980
2. The Long- Term Trend: A Trip in a Time Machine, 2011 to prehistoric times
3. Palestine to Congo: The Invention of Peacekeeping, 1947– 61
4. Angola to Mozambique: Failures and Successes of the Early 1990s
5. The Kofi Annan Reforms: Consolidation and Expansion, 1997– 2006
6. The Sierra Leone Model: Multidimensional Peace Operations, 1998– 2011
7. The Unarmy: Nonmilitary Forces Supporting Peace
8. Peace Movements: If You Want Peace, Work for Peace
9. Assessing Progress: Is Peace Increasing since 1945?
10. Three Myths: Finding the Truth When Conventional Wisdom Is Wrong
11. Wars of the World: The Fires Still Smoldering
12. What We Can Do: A New Global Identity
This book asks readers to break out of a dominant way of thinking about
world affairs that focuses on negativity and drowns out progress. If we
turn off the screech of alarmist “news” and overblown political rhetoric
for a moment and look at hard evidence objectively, we fi nd that many
people in the world are working hard for peace and in fact the world is
becoming more peaceful. For this shocking idea to sink in requires either
a paradigm shift or at least a broken TV set.
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