1. What is new about the new wars?.
2. Warfare, state-building and the Thrity Years War.
3. The statization of war.
4. The economics of force in the new wars.
5. International terrorism.
6. Military interventions and the West’s dilemma.
Political Studies Review
“Münkler helpfully sets out three ways in which the emergence of ‘new wars’ is framed by globalisation and relates to the high-tech war ... In so doing, he clearly sets out some of the global trends, and systematically demonstrates the relationship between ‘new’ forms of warfare, Western war, and the forces of globalisation.”
Australian Journal of Political Science
“A good overview of the ‘new wars’: mainly intrastate wars that are characterized by the breakdown and failure of the state.”
“The concept of new wars has been controversial, not least because of the many features they share with old wars. Herfried Münkler understands this, especially the comparison with wars of the pre-modern era, and so is able to make more sense of the concept than most. Not only is this book full of sharp analysis, it also brings insights from contemporary German scholarship to the notice of English language readers.”
Lawrence Freedman, King's College London
- This book is a major analysis of the changing nature of warfare in the twenty-first century.
- “The New Wars” highlights the role of terrorism in the post-9/11 period.
- The author draws out the key shifts involved in twenty-first century warfare, from symmetrical conflicts between states to asymmetrical global relationships of force; from national armies to increasingly private or commercial bands of warlords, child soldiers and mercenaries.