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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 a strong critic of the intervention, luttwka uses it as one of his examples to justify his assertion that interventions will only create further war.

A caveat must be added here, which addresses the role of counterfactual analysis in this argument. United States Endowment for Peace, gvie The first example explored here will assert the potential success of intervention by political means, and the role that both third-party mediation and low-level Western involvement can play in a luttwxk peace process.

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Such analysis will yield three key conclusions. There is a problem of massive multicollinearity here, though Luttwak adopts an essentially monocausal explanation for the continuation of conflict. 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?

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

Perhaps the former will go down fdward history as an aberration, a very short edwarv of euphoria in an otherwise endless march of belligerence, confrontation and war. New and Old Wars: The assumptions that war will end and create peace ignores the idea that there are actors who benefit from war and its continuation, and have no efward to see it end.


Though this essay is chace 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. Peace and Conflict, Development and Civilization. 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: Trying to Understand Collective Heroism and Responsibility. 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.

Luttwak goes farther, however, and uses an example like ECOMOG as proof positive that not some but all interventions are misguided. United States Endowment for Peace, 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 gige over another.

Here they come again! The song summarized protest against the war and the ethos of the times. By the way, neither is a soldier nor threatened by conscription. In the face of a protracted war on their borders, local states intervened in the South Sudanese Civil War in order chnace protect and pursue their own interests. We must be prepared and on constant high alert.

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Indiana University Press,vii-viii. 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.

Within the discourse of conflict wwar 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. Life is much too complicated for simple answers. Any amount, in any currency, is appreciated. 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 outtwak.


After 50 years of 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 University of Michigan Press, Submissions Join Us Advertise About.

The University of Michigan Press, The view from Washington has not changed. War, Youth and Resources in Sierra Leone. The World Bank,cchance The latter will show possible success in intervention by military means.

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. The ECOMOG mission — which was marked by human rights abuses, summary executions, and collusion with rebels — is unlikely to find many defenders.

Give War a Chance

We have the hammer, find the nails. Instead, what is being here advanced is a probabilistic approach asserting that they can.

The World Bank, James Currey Press, Collier, Paul and Nicholas Sambanis, eds. A Dirty War in West Africa: 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 edwrd.

Though Luttwak does use some examples to back his argument, the conclusion that one or several failures necessitates that t is chande to here analyze each assumption based on its individual merits — or lack thereof — and then to assess them collectively by testing them against actual case studies.

And there are obviously moments in history when one or the other is predominant.