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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And there are obviously moments in history when one or the other is predominant. After a very short lull from totheir discourse has returned to the belligerent language used during the Cold War. The latter will show possible success in intervention by military means. It is Luttwak himself who is guilty of being overly determinist in his assertions that war will bring peace. The assumptions that war will end and create peace ignores the idea that there are actors who benefit from war and its continuation, and have no desire to see it end.

Terrorists and terrorism are not the same as the Soviet Union and communism, although the Islamic State is now presented as a unified entity. Meera Sabaratnam Date written: This form of intervention motivated not by peace but by bellicosity is another factor ignored by Luttwak.

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

Polity Press, United States Institute of Peace, Please Consider Donating Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing. Act tough and carry a big stick; forget the carrot. Luttwak goes farther, however, and uses an example like ECOMOG as proof positive that not some but gife interventions are misguided.


New and Old Wars: Instead of a clear and present danger and enemy, the situation this time was more diffuse. Before you download your free e-book, please consider donating to support open access publishing. Fighting for the Rain Forest: A caveat should be here added, that the argument presented in this paper is not a determinist approach citing that interventions will always succeed.

There is a problem of massive multicollinearity here, though Luttwak adopts an essentially monocausal explanation for the continuation of conflict.

The World Bank, A key aspect of this argument is to assert that peace operations can never extinguish the flames of conflict, it can only reduce them to embers which will inevitably return to inferno. 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.

Collier, Paul and Nicholas Sambanis, eds. United States Endowment for Peace, This euphoria did not last long.

The University of Michigan Press, Peace and love were in the air. Instead, what is hive here advanced is a probabilistic approach asserting that they can. 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.


There may be cases where intervention worsens conflict, however conflict is much more likely to progress due to a failure to address the greed eddward grievance factors which led to its outbreak in the first place. A Dirty War in West Africa: Neo-conservatives are now being called the War Party.

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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 concept, influenced heavily by Clauswitzian thinking, asserts that we can assign a clear beginning and end date to any conflict. Sdward 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.

Thirdly, and finally, that conflict can be brought to a decisive end through military intervention aa addresses the underlying causes of conflict. James Currey Press,