The men and women of the British armed forces are currently engaged
in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans in 'peacekeeping operations'.
How do we avoid these missions turning into long-term
entanglements, like the current disaster that is Iraq? How do we
bring our soldiers home? And what do we do about 'failed states'
that are havens for gangsters and terrorists? Paddy Ashdown fears
we will soon see major wars between nation states. Many will begin
as minor conflicts that will expand into full-scale wars unless the
international community intervenes. The way to stop the big wars is
to deal promptly with the small ones. There have been 15 UN-led
interventions since 1946, and there are 74 wars in progress today.
From his perspective as a former Royal Marine officer in the 1960s
to the High Representative in Bosnia from 2002-6, Lord Ashdown is
uniquely qualified to investigate the successes and failures of
peace-keeping operations, reveal what lessons have been learned --
and what lessons keep being forgotten. (The US strategy in Iraq
serves as a 'how not to' example in almost every subject area.) His
discussion of the highs and lows of previous missions includes
George Robertson and the celebrated 'Chivas Regal Accords'
negotiated in Balkan hotel bars. He points out that planning for
post-war government in Germany began in 1943, two years before the
guns fell silent. By contrast, George Bush sacked the teams working
on plans for post-Saddam Iraq just as US and British forces invaded
in 2003. The men and women of our armed forces will be called to
take part in many more of these missions in the next few years.
SWORDS AND PLOUGHSHARES reveals the strategies required to avoid
another Iraq-style disaster.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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