Academic journal article Military Review

Beyond Declaring Victory and Coming Home: The Challenges of Peace and Stability Operations

Academic journal article Military Review

Beyond Declaring Victory and Coming Home: The Challenges of Peace and Stability Operations

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BEYOND DECLARING VICTORY AND COMING HOME: The Challenges of Peace and Stability Operations, Max G. Manwaring and Anthony James Joes, eds., Praeger Publishers, Westport, CT, 2000, 264 pages, $69.95.

The political and increasingly universal practice of "declaring victory and coming home" has provided a false and dangerous domestic impression of success for U.S. and U.N. unilateral and multilateral interventions in failing and failed states around the world. The reality of such irresponsibility is that the root causes and violent consequences of contemporary intranational conflict are left to smolder, perhaps to soon re-ignite. Beyond Declaring Victory and Coming Home discusses why the international community and individual powers involved in dealing with the chaos of the post-Cold War world must understand that such actions require a long-term, holistic, strategic approach.

Editor Max G. Manwaring is an adjunct professor of political science at Dickinson College and an adjunct professor at the U.S. Army Peace-- keeping Institute. He is also a retired U.S. Army colonel. Editor Anthony James Joes is the chairman of the international relations program at St. …

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