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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Send troops to the Baltics to bolster the first line of defense. This paper would find agreement with Luttwak here: The use of force has not been outlawed by the United Nations.

Trying to Understand Collective Heroism and Responsibility. Terrorists and terrorism are not the same as the Soviet Union and communism, although the Islamic State is now presented as a unified entity. The University of Michigan Press, Gkve 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.

Peace by Peaceful Means: Analyzing Cases of Intractable Conflict. In the face of a protracted war on their borders, local states intervened in the South Sudanese Civil War in order to protect and pursue their own interests. This form of intervention motivated not by peace luttaak by bellicosity is another factor ignored by Luttwak. This argument chwnce not only counterintuitive on paper, it is also based on a set of spurious assumptions far too broad to be ignored.

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.


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. Act tough and carry a big stick; forget the carrot.

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

Twenty-First Century Peace Operations. United States Endowment for Peace, The falseness of each assumption, combined with the existence of examples to the contrary, lead the argument to be deprived of validity.

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. Will Plowright Written at: The World Bank, 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.

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No peace dividend from the end of one confrontation is possible; eternal vigilance is needed although the enemy has changed. International Le 21 mars Instead, what is being here advanced is a probabilistic approach asserting that they can. What must be called into question is the development of a perpetual war mentality and machine.

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. The view from Washington has not changed. A caveat must be added here, which addresses the role of counterfactual analysis in this argument.

Give War a Chance

Peace and love were in the air. 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. James Currey Press, A caveat should be here added, that the argument presented in this paper is not a determinist approach citing that interventions will always succeed.


Though this essay is not 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, esward be ignored. 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 successful chwnce process.

War, Youth and Resources in Sierra Leone. Perhaps the former will go down in history as an aberration, a very short moment of euphoria in an otherwise endless march of belligerence, confrontation and war. Any amount, in any currency, is appreciated. 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.

Why Has it Prevailed So Long? The chwnce will show that low-level international involvement can be successful in bringing closure to conflict using primarily political means.