Security! The term signifies more indeed than the maintenance of a people's homeland, or even of their territories beyond the seas. It also means the maintenance of the world's respect for them, the maintenance of their economic interests, everything in a word, which goes to make up the grandeur, the life itself, of the nation. --cited in Robert Jervis, "Cooperation under the Security Dilemma," p. 185
Is interstate war obsolete?
New technologies have consistently made war more deadly and destructive
Is interstate war a thing of the past?
Elites can cultivate popular resentment of such shifts through rhetoric, violence, war and even genocide
Serbian wars in Yugoslavia—1990s
U.S. “culture war” —1992-present
Genocide by Hutu in Rwanda--1994
Can we conclude that:
1. Major interstate war is obsolete?
2. Intrastate wars are growing in number?
3. “Pacification” is the central war problem today?
More next week…