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This publication is an exam of the influence of up to date wars (such because the 'War on Terror') on civil existence at a world point. modern literature on conflict is principally dedicated to contemporary alterations within the concept and perform of battle, specific these during which terrorists or insurgents are concerned (for instance, the 'revolution in army affairs', 'small wars', and so on). however, latest learn on protection is targeted, between different topics, at the results of the struggle on terrorism, and on civil liberties and social keep watch over. This quantity connects those fields of study, displaying how 'war' and 'security' are likely to alternate goals and types of motion in addition to body of workers (for example, the spreading use of personal contractors in wars and of army specialists within the 'struggle for security') in smooth society. This indicates how, opposite to Clausewitz's trust warfare will be conceived of as a "continuation of politics by way of different means", the other assertion is additionally precise: that politics, insofar because it matters defense, could be outlined because the 'continuation of battle through different means'. This ebook might be of a lot curiosity to scholars of serious safety experiences, warfare and clash reports, terrorism stories, sociology and IR as a rule. Salvatore Palidda is Professor of Sociology within the college of schooling on the college of Genoa. Alessandro Dal Lago is Professor of Sociology of tradition and communique on the collage of Genoa.

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Foucault insisted on the need to overturn Clausewitz’s longstanding maxim whereby ‘war is nothing but a continuation of politics by other means’. For Foucault, on the contrary, politics is the continuation of war by other means (as, in a certain sense, it was for Thomas Hobbes and Carl Schmitt). For Foucault, what is ‘political’ is the manifestation of a fundamental and largely latent civil war between social groups, essentially between the dominant class and a riotous social body. 13 But today it is impossible to assume a clear separation between internal and foreign policy.

20 The literature here is vast. For a synthesis of the question, see the classic work by Preston et al. (1956), and also Parker (1996) and Knox and Murray (2001). 21 The first Gulf conflict is conventionally considered to have been the war between Iraq and Iran (1979–1988). 22 See Arquilla and Ronfeldt (2000) and Edwards (2000). It is worth noting that, in these hyper-­theoretical and utopian theories, the ‘swarm’ is considered, to a certain extent, a timeless tactic and, as a consequence, old (including ancient) classics of strategic thought are reread in a modern key.

33 Desh (2001) discusses the insurmountable difficulties of urban combat for a conventional army, even when this is equipped with the most sophisticated weapons. 34 For a discussion on the evolution of conflicts in this direction during the twentieth century, see Sloterdijk (2004). 35 On the relations between racism and contemporary war, see Girard (2007). 36 I use the term ‘barbarization’ here to indicate the a priori debasing of the enemy. The idea of ‘barbarianism’ as the deviation of Western rationality often conceals the destructive forces that Western rationalism constitutively unleashes.

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