Raising the Costs of Conflict, Lowering the Price of Peace: Demilitarisation after Post-modern Conflicts

  • Neil Cooper
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It is argued in this chapter that the threefold impact of post-modern peace, weapons and conflict has structured the dynamics of the contemporary arms market in a manner that undermines the conventional focus on demilitarisation that hinges directly on the question of what to do about weapons and soldiers in war-torn societies. Furthermore, if the process of demilitarisation is to be effective under such conditions, then traditional approaches need to be augmented by the adoption of structural arms control strategies designed either to raise the costs of war or to lower the price of peace.


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