Unwinnable Wars: American Power & Ethnic Conflict by David CallahanUnwinnable Wars: American Power & Ethnic Conflict by David Callahan

Unwinnable Wars: American Power & Ethnic Conflict

byDavid Callahan

Paperback | October 30, 1998

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A Twentieth Century Fund Book

A primer for American responses to ethnic conflicts, past, present, and future.Bosnia, Rwanda, Chechnya--these names reverberate in the news for good and uring reasons as examples of a "new tribalism." But ethnic conflict has always been with us. In this timely and important book, David Callahan offers a thorough history of twentieth-century ethnic conflicts, an analysis of the failures and successes of American involvement in them, and recommations for American actions in the future.

David Callahan is the author of Between Two Worlds, Dangerous Capabilities: Paul Nitze and the Cold War and State of the Union. He lives in New York City.
Title:Unwinnable Wars: American Power & Ethnic ConflictFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.2 × 5.59 × 0.76 inPublished:October 30, 1998Publisher:Douglas & McIntyreLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0809016109

ISBN - 13:9780809016105

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from What A Disgrace First of all the rwanda KILLING was not a tribunal war it was a genocide a complete genicide and calling it anything else is shameful for the nearly 800,000 who died. Also talking about the american envolvement is unfair because there was none. America like the rest of the world sat back and let this happen. It was dismissed as something the tribes had to settle themselves. If it was a fight between americans and canadians and thousands of americans were dying it would not be ethnical it would be murder. The whole world would be up in arms. Why not rwanda. This was no ethnic conflict is was a mass killing spree were these innocent people heads were chopped by rusty masshettes.Why didn't the american "power" help these poor people. Or at least regard them as people and take action. Unwinnable wars. of course it was unwinnable because unless you fight you can not win.
Date published: 2006-09-02

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David Callahan offers a thorough history of 20th century ethnic conflicts in Unwinnable Wars: American Power and Ethnic Conflict. Bosnia, Rwanda, these names appear constantly in the news as examples of a "new tribalism." But ethnic conflict has always been with us. An analysis of the failures and successes of American involvement in these conflicts is presented here with recommendations for American action in the future.

Editorial Reviews

"A sober, reasoned and extremely well-articulated survey of the key questions surrounding U.S. interests and policies on ethnic conflict. No important consideration is omitted . . . A superb analysis." -Shashi Tharoor, The Washington Post Book World"Callahan's incisive analysis and sensible recommendations should be required reading for U.S. diplomats, the Congress, and anyone sickened by these tragic conflicts." -Richard H. Ullman, Princeton University"A rationale and a road for greater American activism to contain ethnic conflicts. Callahan's reasoning is steeped in common sense (for instance, early involvement pays off by lessening the scope for full-scale warfare down the road), and he does an admirable job . . . [His] may not be the cure-all answer we'd like to hear, but it is a realistic one." -Peter Mass, Los Angeles Times Book Review"A skillful explanation of the explosion of conflicts within the last thirty years arising from religious, cultural, linguistic, and territorial differences--and of the policies the U.S. can pursue to defuse these tinderboxes . . . An intelligent, sober, nonmoralistic argument for mediating ethnic strife before killing fields result." -Kirkus Review