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Novi i stari ratovi – organizovano nasilje u globalizovanoj eri
New & Old Wars – organized violence in a global era

Author(s): Mary Kaldor
Contributor(s): Đorđe Čolić (Translator), Nada Harbaš (Translator), Aleksandar Milenković (Translator)
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Sociology, Security and defense, Military policy, Politics and law, Politics and society, Inter-Ethnic Relations
Published by: Beogradski krug
Keywords: Bosnia-Herzegovina war; Cold War; security; Dayton Agreement; old wars; ethnic cleansing; globalization; modern war; negotiations; new wars; nationalism; peacekeeping; total wars; virtual war; war crimes; sovereignty
Summary/Abstract: In the context of globalization, this book has shown that what we think of as war - that is to say, war between states in which the aim is to inflict maximum violence - is becoming an anachronism. In its place is a new type of organized violence or 'new wars', which could be described as a mixture of war, organized crime and massive violations of human rights. The actors are both global and local, public and private. The wars are fought for particularistic political goals using tactics of terror and destabilization that are theoretically outlawed by the rules of modern warfare. An informal criminalized economy is built into the functioning of the new wars.Kaldor's analysis offers a basis for a cosmopolitan political response to these wars, in which the monopoly of legitimate organized violence is reconstructed on a transnational basis and international peacekeeping is reconceptualized as cosmopolitan law enforcement. This approach also has implications for the reconstruction of civil society, political institutions, and economic and social relations.

  • Print-ISBN-10: 86-82299-69-0
  • Page Count: 305
  • Publication Year: 2005
  • Language: Serbian