The Fog of Peace

A Memoir of International Peacekeeping in the 21st Century

Author: Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

ISBN: 0815726317

Category: Political Science

Page: 331

View: 9092

No small number of books laud and record the heroic actions of those at war. But the peacekeepers? Who tells their stories? At the beginning of the 1990s, the world exited the cold war and entered an era of great promise for peace and security. Guided by an invigorated United Nations, the international community set out to end conflicts that had flared into vicious civil wars and to unconditionally champion human rights and hold abusers responsible. The stage seemed set for greatness. Today that optimism is shattered. The failure of international engagement in conflict areas ranging from Afghanistan to Congo and Lebanon to Kosovo has turned believers into skeptics. The Fog of Peace is a firsthand reckoning by Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the man who led UN peacekeeping efforts for eight years and has been at the center of all the major crises since the beginning of the 21st century. Guéhenno grapples with the distance between the international community's promise to protect and the reality that our noble aspirations may be beyond our grasp. The author illustrates with personal, concrete examples—from the crises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Congo, Sudan, Darfur, Kosovo, Ivory Coast, Georgia, Lebanon, Haiti, and Syria—the need to accept imperfect outcomes and compromises. He argues that nothing is more damaging than excessive ambition followed by precipitous retrenchment. We can indeed save many thousands of lives, but we need to calibrate our ambitions and stay the course.

Lifting the Fog of Peace

How Americans Learned to Fight Modern War

Author: Janine Davidson

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472034820

Category: History

Page: 256

View: 5846

How military organizations trained for conventional war adapt—or fail to adapt—to nontraditional missions

The Fog of Peace

Author: Giandomenico Picco,Gabrielle Rifkind

Publisher: I.B.Tauris

ISBN: 1780768974

Category: Political Science

Page: 256

View: 2408

Institutions do not decide whom to destroy or to kill, whether to make peace or war; those decisions are the responsibility of individuals. This book argues that the most important aspect of conflict resolution is for antagonists to understand their opponents as individuals, their ambitions, their pains, the resentments that condition their thinking and the traumas they do not fully themselves grasp. Gabrielle Rifkind and Giandomenico Pico here present two very different experiences of international relations - Rifkind as a psychotherapist now immersed in the politics of the Middle East, and Picco as a career diplomat with a long and successful record as a negotiator at the UN. Should we talk to the enemy? What happens if the protagonists are nasty and brutish, tempting policy-makers to retaliate? How do nations find the capacity not to hit back, trapping themselves in endless cycles of violence? Presenting a unique combination of psychological theories, geopolitical realities and first-hand peace-making experience, this book sheds new light on some of the worst conflicts in the modern world and demonstrates, above all, how empathy can often be far more persuasive than the most fearsome weapons. By exploring the question of intervention versus non-intervention, and examining how the changing nature of warfare and technology has both armed the warmonger, whilst empowering the individual through social media, this is a highly topical, comprehensive overview on international diplomacy and the complexities of peace-making.

The Fog of Peace and War Planning

Military and Strategic Planning under Uncertainty

Author: Talbot C. Imlay,Monica Duffy Toft

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134210876

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 9904

How do we plan under conditions of uncertainty? The perspective of military planners is a key organizing framework: do they see themselves as preparing to administer a peace, or preparing to fight a future war? Most interwar volumes examine only the 1920s and the 1930s. This new volume goes back, and forward in time, to draw on a greater expanse of history in order to tease out lessons for contemporary planners. These chapters are grouped into four periods: 1815-1856, 1871-1914, 1918-1938, and post-Second World War. They progress from low-tech to high-tech concerns, for example, the first period examines armies, while the second period examines navies, the third asseses navies combined with air forces, and finally for the Kaiser chapter explores nuclear issues and decision-making.

Power in Uncertain Times

Strategy in the Fog of Peace

Author: Emily Goldman

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 0804774331

Category: Political Science

Page: 253

View: 5490

This book examines America's evolving strategy on the international security environment, and comprehensively analyzes how different strategies position states to compete in the present and future, manage risk, and prevail despite uncertainty.

The Fog of Peace

Finding the End-state of Hostilities

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Armed Forces

Page: 59

View: 3434

The Fog of Peace

Finding the End-state of Hostilities

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Armed Forces

Page: 59

View: 2564

The Fog of War

Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

Author: James G. Blight,Janet M. Lang

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742542211

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 307

View: 5341

A companion book to the film Fog of War, which explores pivotal events of war such as World War II, The Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Vietnam War.

American War


Author: Omar El Akkad

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104908109

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

View: 4581

Gleich hier die kostenlose XXL-Leseprobe lesen! »American War« - das Buch der Stunde. »Ein gewaltiger Roman«, schreibt die renommierteste Literaturkritikerin der USA, Michiko Kakutani. Ein Roman über den nächsten amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg und das dramatische Schicksal einer Familie. Was wird sein, wenn die erschütternde Realität der Gegenwart - Drohnenangriffe, Folter, Selbstmordattentate und die Folgen von Umweltkatastrophen - mit aller Gewalt in die USA zurückkehrt? Vor diesem Hintergrund entfaltet Omar El Akkad mit großer erzählerischer Kraft den dramatischen Kampf der jungen Sarat Chestnut, die beschließt, mit allen Mitteln für das Überleben zu kämpfen. »American War« ist in den USA ein literarisches Ereignis, das schon jetzt mit Cormac McCarthy »Die Straße« und Philip Roth »Verschwörung gegen Amerika« verglichen wird.

The Impenetrable Fog of War

Reflections on Modern Warfare and Strategic Surprise

Author: Patrick M. Cronin

Publisher: Praeger Publishers

ISBN: 9780313355806

Category: History

Page: 198

View: 7844

'The Impenetrable Fog of War' studies the role of strategy within warfare.

Ein Hippie-Traum

Die Autobiographie Waging Heavy Peace

Author: Neil Young

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462306316

Category: Fiction

Page: 480

View: 1112

Die Autobiographie des großen Neil Young »Down by the River«, »Heart of Gold«, »Hey, Hey, My My« – mit seinen Songs hat Neil Young die Herzen ganzer Generationen von Musikliebhabern erobert. Ein vielseitiger Künstler par excellence, ist er bis heute einer der bekanntesten und beliebtesten Musiker der Welt, der nun seine seit Langem erwartete Autobiographie vorlegt.Neil Young ist eine herausragende Figur in der Geschichte des Rock’n’Roll und der Popkultur der letzten vier Jahrzehnte. Seit seinen frühen Tagen in den 1960ern mit Buffalo Springfield, bahnbrechenden Soloalben wie »After the Gold Rush« und »Harvest«, Megaselleralben mit Crosby, Stills & Nash bis hin zu seiner Inthronisierung als Pate des Grunge, ist Neil Young der Inbegriff des kompromisslosen Künstlers, der allein seinem Herzen und Verstand folgt.In seiner Autobiographie gibt er Einblick in sein Privatleben und die Wurzeln seiner musikalischen Kreativität. Das Buch ist eine Reise, die von den schneebedeckten Landschaften Ontarios über die LSD-Boulevards im Los Angeles der 1960er-Jahre bis hin zum heutigen paradiesischen Rückzugsort Hawaii führt. Verblüffend offen und witzig, setzt Neil Youngs Autobiographie neue Maßstäbe in der Musikgeschichtsschreibung. »Neil Young hat stets die ungezügelte Leidenschaft eines Künstlers an den Tag gelegt, der weiß, dass man sich ständig neu erfinden muss, um nicht auszubrennen. Aus diesem Grund ist er bis heute einer der bedeutendsten Künstler der Rock’n’Roll-Ära.« Eddie Vedder, Pearl Jam

Faith in the Fog of War

Stories of Triumph and Tragedy in the Midst of War

Author: Chris Plekenpol

Publisher: Multnomah

ISBN: 030756228X

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 4562

War-Worn Faith You want the flare of your faith to burn as intensely as a fire on the battlefield. That means digging into God’s truth regardless of the chaos raging around you. These devotions are written by a man who had considered war something that someone else always did, and was then himself deployed to Iraq as a company commander. From the frontlines of the blackest days and in the face of inexplicable suffering, you’ll discover the heart of the question, “Why, God?” and its often unsettling answer. Because in war, as in contemporary America , reality involves struggle, trial, and triumph. Let God meet you in the midst of life’s nonsense to find the peace that is a crucial part of His impeccable plan. Why, God? War screams the same questions whispered in everyday life. The battlefield explodes with the same tenacity of emotions that wretch our souls. Smoke fills the air just as doubt clouds our minds. Are you on the frontlines of war overseas? Or perhaps your battle is personal, deep within. These devotions, penned by Captain Chris Plekenpol while on the battlefield in Iraq, expose the depths of inexplicable suffering as well as the heights of incredible victory in God. Through every adversity and in any circumstance, you will find a still voice reminding you of God’s sovereignty…in war and peace. “Faith forged in the crucible of combat! Chris Plekenpol is a warrior and he has compiled a great guide for victory in the battles we all face.” Oliver L. North Host of “War Stories” on Fox News and author of The Assassins “There is no theory here. Just the battle-tested insights of a soldier who has learned to trust his heavenly Father in the valley of the shadow of death. You are going to love this book.” Andy Stanley Pastor, North Point Community Church “Amazing encouragement from the heart of the battle!” Louie Giglio Passion Conferences Story Behind the Book “I began writing devotionals as both a preparation for seminary and as a ministry tool during my service in Korea . At first, I sent them only to a few people. Then, as I wrote more frequently, I received e-mails requesting my devotions. I continued writing during my deployment to Iraq , tackling such issues as life in combat as well as the triumph of God in the battle. My purpose in writing this book is to further God’s work in my life by ministering to others through my experience in the heart of the battle.” —Chris Plekenpol From the Trade Paperback edition.

Fogs of War and Peace

A Midstream Analysis of World War III

Author: Robert Lex Dilworth,Shlomo Maital

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0313360499

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 1635

"Building on the concept of the Fog of War borrowed from Prussian general and master strategist Carl von Clausewitz (1780-1831), Dilworth and Maital maintain that fogs-of war and of peace-have been created to hide the truth about current conflicts. These fogs obstruct a clear view of reality, preventing the public from accurately seeing "World War III" unfold and from taking action to prevent the conflict." "Fogs of war and of peace, the authors write, "tend to shape events in ways that go well beyond the actual realities. In fact, the fog becomes the reality." In this work, they define each type of fog, assigning stages to them - four stages for the fog of war and three for the fog of peace. In this way, they create an analytical framework to help readers better understand the "fog effect" in relation to specific events, including the nature of the fog, impact of the fog effect, and how to deal with it going forward. By illuminating the causes, nature, and dynamics of current global concerns, they offer new policy directions for political leaders and help the American people be accurately informed."--BOOK JACKET.


Author: Robert Harris

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 364121372X

Category: Fiction

Page: 432

View: 6016

September 1938 – in München treffen sich Hitler, Chamberlain, Mussolini und Daladier zu einer kurzfristig einberufenen Konferenz. Der Weltfrieden hängt am seidenen Faden. Im Gefolge des britischen Premierministers Chamberlain befindet sich Hugh Legat aus dem Außenministerium, der ihm als Privatsekretär zugeordnet ist. Auf der deutschen Seite gehört Paul von Hartmann aus dem Auswärtigen Amt in Berlin zum Kreis der Anwesenden. Den Zugang zur Delegation hat er sich erschlichen. Insgeheim ist er Mitglied einer Widerstandszelle gegen Hitler. Legat und von Hartmann verbindet eine Freundschaft, seit sie in Oxford gemeinsam studiert haben. Nun kreuzen sich ihre Wege wieder. Wie weit müssen sie gehen, wenn sie den drohenden Krieg verhindern wollen? Der neue Politthriller von Robert Harris – ein Roman über Hochverrat und Unbestechlichkeit, über Loyalität und Vertrauensbruch. Und wie immer bei Robert Harris lassen sich über die historischen Figuren und Ereignisse erhellende Bezüge zur aktuellen Weltpolitik herstellen.

Lifting the Fog of War

New Thinking About War and War Prevention

Author: John Norton Moore,Michael Mott

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781531008864


Page: 766

View: 6821

This work contains a selection of papers from a working seminar at the University of Virginia School of Law exploring the state of knowledge as to the origins and control of war. As set out in the preface by Professor John Norton Moore, a former Chairman of the Board of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the book criticizes the dominant neo-realism perspective in international relations regarding the origins of war. Importantly, it posits a new DecInCo (Decision-Incentive-Complexity) theory of international relations with greater explanatory power, not just over war, but other key foreign policy issues as well.