Why Nations Go to War: Preface

Why Nations Go to War

The twenty-first century brought with it two new kinds of war: the horrendous events of September 11, 2001, which precipitated an invasion of Afghanistan but failed to find the elusive perpetrator of the 9/11 disaster, Osama bin Laden. Instead, the United States embarked on a highly controversial preemptive war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. An analysis of this war with some new reflections on its resolution constitutes Chapter 9 of this edition.

Seldom has the world changed so much in so little time as it has since the new millennium began. These changes are reflected in substantial updates of the chapters on Korea, India and Pakistan, the Balkans, the Middle East, and Africa. The many global initiatives of a newly elected American President, Barack Obama, are given careful consideration as well.

The analytical framework that has held the book together over the years has served the present edition well. Overall, the book remains essentially a product of reflection. I have benefited greatly, however, from the excellent and dedicated work of Amparo Pat Rocha. Janis Lasser also has my gratitude and appreciation for numerous thoughtful suggestions. Finally, my students at the University of San Diego have been most helpful, sharing many comments that showed extraordinary intellectual and emotional maturity. No teacher could be more fortunate.

I continue to hope that this book might make a modest contribution to the understanding of humanity’s most horrible self-imposed affliction.

John G. Stoessinger

Source: John G. Stoessinger, “Why Nations Go to War,” Cengage Learning, Boston, 2011

Republished by Kajian Internasional Strategis


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