Accession Number : ADA308922

Title :   Global Security Concerns: Anticipating the Twenty-First Century,

Corporate Author : AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Magyar, Karl P.

PDF Url : ADA308922

Report Date : MAR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 327

Abstract : One of the most important and intellectually fascinating areas of investigation for the student of political affairs concerns the attempt to understand why man makes war. This ancient field of inquiry may be addressed at such various levels as the philosophical and psychological or the institutional and structural contexts of human behavior. For example, did the recent wars in Somalia, Rwanda, and Haiti result from clashing ideologies, tribalism, poverty and class warfare, the cold war, or distant ramifications of colonial history, or, as has been postulated, the trees of these countries having been cut down? These plausible sources of conflict offer insight into various dimensions of explanations for wars; however, the analysts in this volume focus on just one aspect of the inquiry. They were charged with the task of anticipating which specific contentious issues likely will propel large, organized political units to choose violent means of acquiring their sociopolitical objectives rather than attaining them peacefully. The units on which we focus have been traditionally identified as states, but we recognize that a host of new sub- and suprastate actors also will play major roles in such wars; hence, we also will allude to them.

Descriptors :   *WARFARE, *GLOBAL, *WESTERN SECURITY(INTERNATIONAL), SOURCES, POLITICAL SCIENCE, STUDENTS, HUMANS, COLD WAR, CONFLICT, SOMALIA, BEHAVIOR, HAITI.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE