|Adekeye Adebajo And Chandra Lekha Sriram (Eds.)
Published by: Frank Cass Publishers, London, 2001
ISBN: 10: 0714650943 13: 978-0714650944
Reviewed by: Hussein Solomon
In Conflict Trends Issue 4 of 2002
The scourge of armed conflicts has been the bane of humanity from time immemorial. In recent years, however, the intensity and scope of these conflicts have increased exponentially. Part of the reason for this lies in the ending of the Cold War – freed from the confines of global bipolarity, armed conflicts have moved beyond the ideological realm. They now include the spheres of ethnocentric nationalism, religious fundamentalism, border wars and narco-trafficking. This has made it harder for academics to analyse conflicts, and more difficult for policy-makers to resolve them. Other reasons for the preponderance of armed conflict include the availability of sophisticated arms and the fragility of state structures.