Lecture: Winning the War on War:The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide by Dr. Joshua Goldstein

Date: 09.26.2011

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location: Pauling Hall 216

Winning the War book coverJoshua S. Goldstein, Ph.D. is Professor at the School of International Service at American University, winner of the International Studies Association “Book of the Decade” award, author of International Relations (10th edition), and a research scholar at the University of Massachusetts. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Sponsored by:  Soka University's International Studies Concentration

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From the Jacket Cover of Joshua Goldstein's book, Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed  Conflict Worldwide:

Preeminent scholar of international relations, Joshua Goldstein, tears down one of the greatest myths of modern history.  Despite all the hand wringing, fear mongering, and bad-news headlines, peace is on the rise.  Fewer wars are starting, more are ending, and those that remain are smaller and more localized than in past years. Incredibly, no national armies are still fighting each other—all today’s wars are civil wars. Understanding this worldwide decline in armed conflict is crucially important as America shifts from a decade of war to an era of lower military budgets and operations.

Goldstein’s groundbreaking analysis of the empirical evidence is convincing, but the real power of his argument lies in the accounts of experiences on the violent frontlines where peace must actually be put into effect. He shows how today’s successes in building peace grow out of decades of effort and sacrifice by people working through international organizations, humanitarian aid agencies, and popular movements around the world. At the center of this drama is the United Nations and its sixty-year experiment in peacekeeping – overwhelmingly supported by American public opinion – which is making a measurable difference in reducing violence in our time. 

Taking us from his own sleepless night in Beirut as shells landed in nearby streets, to the agonizing failures of the international community in Bosnia and Rwanda, to the recent triumphs of peacekeeping in West Africa, Goldstein tells the most exciting and important untold global story of our age. He shows how large-scale looting, sexual assault, and atrocities are being stopped, and how we can continue building on these hopeful and inspiring achievements to keep winning the war on war.

Winning the War on War reveals the greatest untold story of the past two decades – that contrary to popular impressions, war has become substantially rarer and less dangerous. Joshua Goldstein is widely recognized as one of the world’s authorities on international relations…. This book could change the understanding of policy makers, opinion leaders, and a wide readership.”—Steven Pinker, Harvard College Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author of the bestseller, The Blank Slate 

Winning the War on War does what no other book has attempted, providing a synoptic view, and narrative, of the slow but successful evolution of UN peacekeeping. It takes an unusual and unorthodox approach that works very well indeed.”—Paul Kennedy, J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, Yale University; author of the bestseller, The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers 

“A highly readable account of the nature and problems of peacekeeping, ... an important contribution to public understanding of international affairs.”—Brian Urquhart, Former Undersecretary-General of the UN; author of Ralph Bunche: An American Life and Hammarskjöld