Mary Kaldor’s landmark book New and Old Wars (first edition, 1999) crystallized thinking about the changing nature of war in the post-Cold War era, in particular the proliferation of non-state actors and the systematic targeting of civilians, the importance of identity politics, and the inter-relationship between private and often criminal interests and political conflict. The New Wars, New Peace program studies how scholarship on “new wars” has evolved, what new peacebuilding practices have emerged, and, in light of these changes, what challenges academics and policymakers face today.
The World Peace Foundation’s New Wars, New Peace seminar series began in 2012 and analyzes current perspectives for studying new wars. For more information, visit the Seminar Series [link to Seminar page] page.
- Seminar Briefing: "New Wars, New Peace: Security Perspectives."
- Special series of contributions to the WPF blog, Reinventing Peace.
- Mary Kaldor, "The New Peace."
- Jason Stearns, "The Cat's Cradle of Congolese Politics."
- Hassan Abbas, "Understanding War and Peace in Afghanistan Today: Will planned military withdrawal usher peace in Afghanistan?"
- Adam Isacson, "Governance Gaps and the Hydra's Heads: Would a successful negotiation with the FARC reduce violence in Colombia?"
- Roland Marchal, "Somalia: From a small war to a long war."
- Peter Andreas, "Political Economies: Old Wine in New Bottles?"
- Stathis Kalyvas, "Comments on Mary Kaldor's New Wars."
- Kelly Greenhill, "Dead Reckoning: Challenges in Measuring the Human Costs of Conflict."
- Anouk Rigterink, "What's In a Number?"
- Robert Muggah, "Rethinking the Intensity and Organization of Violence in Latin America and the Caribbean," Part I & Part II.
- Hakan Seckinelgin, "Conflicts are Complex Processes: Does this Matter for Peace?"