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Why is this, when we know how destructive war is in both human and economic terms? Why do the efforts of aid organizations and international diplomats founder so often? In this important book David Keen investigates why conflicts are so prevalent and so intractable, even when one side has much greater military resources. Could it be that endemic disorder and a "state of emergency" are more useful than bringing conflict to a close?
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Keen asks who benefits from wars--whether economically, politically, or psychologically and argues that in order to bring them successfully to an end we need to understand the complex vested interests on all sides. Additional Product Features Dewey Edition. Show More Show Less.
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Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars Is More Important Than Winning Them
Physical Description:. In this book, David Keen investigates why conflicts are so prevalent and so intractable, even when one side has much greater military resources.
Could it be that endemic disorder and a 'state of emergency' are more useful than bringing conflict to a close? Keen asks who benefits from wars? Subject Term:. War -- Causes. War -- Economic aspects. Politics and war. War and society. Warfare and Defence. Full catalogue record. Kensington Central Library. Publisher's Weekly Review Conflicts in Africa and Asia have often lasted far longer than either of the world wars.
Choice Review In a speculative, personal, and ultimately intriguing effort, Keen complex emergencies, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK presents a number of reasons why wars run on for too long: not all wars are fought to be won; there are wars within wars; wars over natural resources are often too lucrative for those intervening; others provide too much prosperity to some of the internal actors; and some militaries simply want to keep fighting.
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