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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The response to this state of perpetual war does not have to be pacifism.

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

Any amount, in any currency, is appreciated. A new era of fear, uncertainty and military spending began. This vigilance has taken on new forms; the enemy has a different name, but the high quotient of fear is still there. The use of force has not been outlawed by the United Nations.

New and Old Wars: 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. Il faudrait lire mes livres: No peace dividend from the end of one confrontation is possible; eternal vigilance is needed although the enemy has changed. Nonetheless, there are obvious dispositions in people and political parties to favor one or the other.

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 deward the Sudanese Civil War to break the deadlock and embrace peace.


Meera Sabaratnam Date written: Act tough and carry a big stick; forget the carrot. This assumption is implicitly predicated on the concept that particular groups and individuals are responsible for the recourse to violence, and victory is achieved as one army achieves victory over the other.

Polity Press, In their analysis of why this conflict continued for twenty-two years, at the cost 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. Fighting for the Rain Forest: E-IR chancee an independent non-profit publisher run by an all volunteer team.

This form of intervention motivated not by peace but by bellicosity is z factor ignored by Luttwak. United States Institute of Peace, Whereas Sudan provides an example of a protracted conflict brought to a close by a successful political process, Sierra Leone provides an example of an intervention encountered through military means.

According to Paul Richards, the rebellion of the Giv United Front began as a rational response to government corruption and illegitimacy.

The University of Michigan Press, 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. London School of Economics Written for: After 50 years lutwak confrontation and billions of dollars spent on armies, proxy wars, and global fears of mutual assured destruction, Americans were looking forward to reducing defense budgets and no longer living under the threat of a nuclear holocaust.

The view from Washington has not changed. 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. By the way, neither is a soldier nor threatened by conscription.


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

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 to an end by both political and military intervention.

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Neo-conservatives are now being called the War Party. The World Bank, Though this paper does not seek to delve too deeply into the methodological debate of comparative analysis, it is essential for the argument that such problems be addressed.

The falseness of each assumption, combined with the existence of examples to the contrary, lead the chancs to be deprived of validity. A Dirty War in West Africa: