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Rethinking Political Violence

Policing Wars

On Military Intervention in the Twenty-First Century

Authors: Holmqvist, Caroline

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Holmqvist presents an original account of the relationship between war and policing in the twenty first century. This interdisciplinary study of contemporary Western strategic thinking reveals how, why, and with what consequences, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq became seen as policing wars.

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Caroline Holmqvist is Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Swedish National Defence College in Stockholm, Sweden and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for International Studies at the London School of Economics, UK. She has previously worked at the Stockholm Institute for International Affairs and at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.

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'Contemporary liberal thought imagines war as a perpetual policing exercise, in which disorder is made into order. Demonstrating a command of theory few analysts of war can muster, Holmqvist shows how liberalism supplies a set of metaphors an intellectual

scaffolding encompassing time, space, agency and power through which war becomes a management tool for the restoration of the social contract in other peoples' countries. While real in its effects, such imagination amounts to an illusory construct of war, with results for all to see in Iraq and Afghanistan. Surpassing earlier analyses of liberal war in depth and sophistication, Holmqvist is now the definitive guide.'

Tarak Barkawi, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK

'War without antagonism is one of the great oxymorons for our time. Holmqvist explores the sense in western military theory that war can be fought without ultimate opposition when it is about reducing disorder and policing good governance. Those who resist this oxymoronic post-adversarial logic get branded and punished as obstructionist criminal elements. Holmqvist stretches the concept of contemporary war as a form of policing liberal order by tracing its roots to pre-9/11 times and spaces and by theorising its depths today. She is a compelling and important new voice on the forms, logics and implications of today's western ways of warring.'

Christine Sylvester, University of Connecticut, USA


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Policing Wars
Book Subtitle
On Military Intervention in the Twenty-First Century
Authors
Series Title
Rethinking Political Violence
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-32361-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137323613
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-32360-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-99990-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 175
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