Edward Luttwak, the great military strategist, wrote a famous essay in entitled “Give War a Chance.” He was not kidding. The piece. The Civilian Cost of War and What This Means for Sendero. The Military 1 Edward N. Luttwak, ‘Give War a Chance’, Foreign Affairs 78/. in the East African and Andrew Mwenda in the Independent both borrowed heavily from Edward Luttwak’s essay, “Give War a Chance,”.

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And there are obviously moments in history when one or the other is predominant. The University of Michigan Press, This vigilance has taken on new forms; the luttqak has a different name, but the high quotient of fear is still there.

Il wag lire mes livres: This assumption is highly tied to the temporal paradox highlighted above; when can we say that war is beginning or ending, and at which point do we assert causal significance for conflict on the intervention instead of on the preceding causes? United States Endowment for Peace, Polity Press, A simple rational actor approach would assert that leaders of states bordering countries at conflict will intervene wqr whatever way they see fit to pursue their own interests.

Disinterest and Frivolity: Assessing Luttwak’s ‘Give War a Chance’

Stephen Morrison and Alex De Waal asserted that it was only the effort of third-party mediators — with committed low-level involvement — to intervene to compel belligerents of the Sudanese Civil War to break the deadlock and embrace peace. Submissions Join Us Advertise About. The World Bank, This form of intervention motivated not by peace but by bellicosity is another factor ignored by Luttwak.

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Gkve, what is being here advanced is a probabilistic approach asserting that they can. War, Youth and Resources in Sierra Leone. David Keen argued that corruption within the Nigerian government led to a lack of pay for soldiers, who David Keen points out, were then forced to abuse the population out of necessity.


Will Plowright Written at: What must be called into question is the development of a perpetual war mentality and machine. After a very short lull from totheir discourse has returned to the belligerent language used during the Cold War.

It is Luttwak himself who is guilty of being overly determinist in his assertions that war will bring peace. According to the predominant U. Why Has it Prevailed So Long? No peace dividend from the end of one confrontation is possible; eternal vigilance is needed although the enemy has changed. The latter will show possible success in intervention by military means.

Secondly, that withdrawal and disinterest worsens conflict. Act tough and carry a big stick; forget the carrot.

This causes a causality dilemma, in which intervention of a conflict is granted causality for war instead of the actual causal mechanisms which caused it in the first place. Organized Violence in a Global Era.

A glve should be here added, that the argument presented in this paper is not a determinist approach citing that ltutwak will always succeed. Though this paper lutrwak not seek to delve too deeply into the methodological debate of comparative analysis, it is essential for the argument that such problems be addressed.

Life is much too complicated for simple answers. Within the discourse of conflict and peace studies, there exists an argument asserting that in order to seek final and lasting solutions to instability, conflict must be allowed to end on its own terms.

A key aspect of this argument is to assert that peace operations can never extinguish the flames of conflict, it can only reduce them to embers which will inevitably return to inferno. Peace and Conflict, Development and Civilization. This essay will show that this stance is based three fallacious assumptions, rendering the argument invalid. A Dirty War in West Africa: The falseness of each assumption, combined with the existence of examples to the contrary, lead the argument to be deprived of validity.


In argument addressing what should or could have happened, adopting a counterfactual view of history is inevitable. There is a problem of massive multicollinearity here, though Luttwak adopts an essentially monocausal explanation for the continuation of conflict.

This concept, influenced heavily by Clauswitzian thinking, asserts that we can assign a clear beginning and end date to any conflict. The song summarized protest against the war and the ethos of the times. We have the hammer, find the nails. Though this essay is not attempting to assert that Naivasha was a complete success — there are problems with it, as there are with any peace process — the role that the international community played, and the successes encountered, cannot be ignored.

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Please Consider Donating Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing. Edqard for edwar Rain Forest: The ECOMOG mission — which was marked by human rights abuses, summary executions, and collusion with rebels — is unlikely to find many defenders. As David Keen noted, the Sierra Leonean Civil War was marked by its gratuitous violence and predation from both government and rebels, and was largely ignored or misconstrued by the international community.

Putin is the new Hitler. Donations are voluntary and not required to download the e-book – your link to download is below. There may be cases where intervention worsens conflict, however conflict is much more likely to progress due to a failure to address the greed or grievance factors which led to its outbreak in the first place.

Luttwak goes farther, however, and uses an example like ECOMOG as proof positive that not some but all interventions are misguided. Meera Sabaratnam Date written: