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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Luttwak himself is deward strong critic of the intervention, and uses it as one of his examples to justify his assertion that interventions will only create further war.

By the way, neither is a soldier nor threatened by conscription. The key assumptions of his argument simply do not stand up to logical analysis, while the cases of Sudan and Sierra Leone present clear examples of conflicts which were brought ljttwak an end by both political and military intervention.

Additionally, this first assumption is based on the notion that ignores three eventualities which conflict could produce: Trying to Understand Collective Heroism and Responsibility.

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

Il faudrait lire mes livres: It is Luttwak himself who is guilty of being overly determinist in his assertions that gie will bring peace. Will Plowright Written at: This essay will show that this stance is based three fallacious assumptions, rendering the argument invalid.

Causal factors of both greed and grievance which existed prior to a failed intervention will exist afterwards if not addressed, and at best, can only change hands as one belligerent force seeks dominance over another. 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. Nonetheless, there are obvious dispositions in people and political parties to favor one or the other.


Peace and love were in the air.

The final message of the Cold War and the War on Terror is similar; there is an enemy that must be combatted. The former will show that low-level international involvement can be successful in bringing closure to conflict using primarily political means.

Collier, Paul and Nicholas Sambanis, eds. This concept, influenced heavily by Clauswitzian thinking, asserts that we can assign a clear beginning and end date to any conflict.

Twenty-First Chancce Peace Operations. The Swiss army, for example, is continually redefining its goals and objectives, not only reducing the number of soldiers, but also changing its analysis of risks.

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And there are obviously moments in history when one or the other is predominant. Fighting for the Rain Forest: This, they assert, allowed the rebels to continue fighting much longer than they would have materially been able to.

War, Youth and Resources in Sierra Leone. In their analysis of why this conflict continued for twenty-two years, at the chacne of almost two million lives, Ali, Eldadawi and El-Batahani assert key causal significance to the duration on external intervention on the part of neighbouring regimes supporting rebel movements.

A simple rational actor approach would assert that leaders of states bordering countries at conflict will intervene in whatever way they see fit to pursue their own interests. It must be acknowledged that it is impossible to identity all intervening variables in any process tracing account of conflict, and it is therefore luftwak impossible to assert that a certain sequence of events would have happened.


Give War a Chance

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The use of force has not been outlawed by the United Nations. The University of Michigan Press, In argument addressing what should or could have happened, adopting a counterfactual view of history is inevitable. Whereas it is impossible to argue against the notion that conflict may follow a failed intervention, is likewise impossible to argue that conflict continues solely because of the failed intervention, and therefore all interventions are doomed to failure. Meera Sabaratnam Date written: Send troops to the Baltics to bolster the first line of defense.

Thirdly, and finally, that conflict can be brought to a decisive end through military intervention which addresses the underlying causes of conflict. This form of intervention motivated not by peace but by bellicosity is another factor ignored by Luttwak.

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