Many books have been written about war, but few have focused on howwars can be brought to an end. Wars are rarely inevitable howeverand this book is aimed at understanding how violent conflicts canbe brought to a close through intervention, mediation and politicalnegotiation.
The simple premise underlying the book is that wars betweenstates and wars within states are generally fought by rationalpeople for particular political goals or perceived interests. Waris better understood as a methodology rather than an ideology. Whenthe context, issues and actors in these armed conflicts change thenit is often possible to control, or even transform suchviolence.
By bringing together a number of existing debates from peace andconflict research as well as scholars of international relations,the book examines the dynamic forces that lie behind the ending ofwars and how these have changed over time. Examples are drawn froma wide range of armed conflicts to analyse the efforts that havebeen made to move from War-War to Jaw-Jaw, or more typicallyJaw-War. Efforts at third-party intervention, mediation andpolitical negotiation across a range of conflict zones from Europeto Sub-Saharan Africa are discussed in full. Neither idealistic norfatalistic, this book is a must-read for all students ofinternational politics and security studies.