Global Insecurity

Restructuring the Global Military Sector, Volume III

The first half of the 1990s was a period of great optimism about humanitarian intervention. In the aftermath of the Cold War, it was hoped that the international community could begin to act cohesively in defence of fundamental international principles and that a global security policy aimed at the prevention of conflict and upholding human rights could be established. The actual experience of this period, however, has been sobering. Agreements engineered from above, like the Dayton Agreement or the Oslo Agreement, have mixed consequences. Efforts at humanitarian relief have often ended up frustrating good intentions and prolonging conflict. This book looks at what we learn from such experiences. Should we retreat from intervention? Is there a global responsibility for wars and for massive violations of human rights? The authors start from a conviction that in a globalized world we do have certain responsibilities and that the point is to look at how we intervene. They aim to open up a third approach - an alternative to the dominance of realist or neo-liberal approaches - which would address the reality of contemporary conflict. Key themes include the need for a more democratic approach in terms of the accountability and openness of both governments and international institutions, the importance of international humanitarian law and the future of formal military forces.

Table of contents
  1. 1. Introduction
    Mary Kaldor
  2. 2. Wars in Africa
    Alex de Waal
  3. 3. Cold Wars and Frozen Conflicts: The European Experience
    Mient Jan Faber
  4. 4. From Humanitarianism to Reconstruction: Towards an Alternative Approach to Economic and Social Recovery from War
    Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic
  5. 5. The Changing Global Composition of Armed Forces and Military Technology: The Trend towards Informalization
    Ulrich Albrecht
  6. 6. Loose Cannons: Creating the Arms Industry of the Twenty-first Century
    John Lovering
  7. 7. Conclusion
    Mary Kaldor, Alex de Waal, Mient Jan Faber, Vesna Bojicic-Dzelilovic, Ulrich Albrecht, John Lovering
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