Asymmetries of Conflict: War Without Death

Asymmetries of Conflict: War Without Death

By: John Leech (author)Hardback

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Decisions about defence and security are becoming increasingly open to public influence. This book therefore aims to give both the voter and the decision maker a new vision of how to manage crises and avert hostilities with non-traditional means.


Part 1 The wars of nations: the wages of war; the causes; the frontier mentality; the economic cost; adjusting our sights; war and the 21st century. Part 2 War and choice: the risks of a fractious world; a sketch map of risks; living with proliferation; the risks in perspective; the phantom armies; arms and the man. Part 3 Countering with other means: the ultra-smart weapon; the concept of just war; preventive diplomacy; the Harvard techniques; peace-building from below; fear-reduction measures; defence diplomacy; if all else fails; interdiction - the physical means; is the UN a credible instrument?; bending resistance without a fight. Part 4 Sieg ohne Krieg: psywar; political and psychological weapons; the psytools; is it ethical?; elements of a psyops campaign; technology and the means of delivery; and then the peace; can psyops really work?. Part 5 A strategy for co-operation: how can it begin?; the growth of authority; co-operation and the Middle East; it pays to be nice; deterrence revisited. Part 6 Arms control and its technology: superman and supergun; where are we technically?; where are we politically?; the policeman will get you; my brother's keeper; sending the wrong signals; or doing what we've always done. Part 7 War without death: the dilemma of force; the new tasks; non-lethal weapons; lessons from experience; are they ethical?; the strategic implications; the new options. Part 8 Taking the lead: a political base for the silent strategies; taking the decision; a European security and defence identity; a transatlantic security structure; a new basis for transatlantic understanding; to each his own.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780714652986
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 220
  • ID: 9780714652986
  • weight: 502
  • ISBN10: 0714652989

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