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By Alessandro Dal Lago, Salvatore Palidda

This ebook is an exam of the impression of up to date wars (such because the 'War on Terror') on civil existence at an international point. modern literature on warfare is especially dedicated to contemporary adjustments within the concept and perform of war, specific these within which terrorists or insurgents are concerned (for instance, the 'revolution in army affairs', 'small wars', and so on). however, present day learn on defense is targeted, between different issues, at the results of the warfare on terrorism, and on civil liberties and social keep an eye on. This quantity connects those fields of analysis, exhibiting how 'war' and 'security' are likely to trade ambitions and sorts of motion in addition to team of workers (for example, the spreading use of non-public contractors in wars and of army specialists within the 'struggle for security') in smooth society. This exhibits how, opposite to Clausewitz's trust conflict might be conceived of as a "continuation of politics by means of different means", the other assertion is additionally actual: that politics, insofar because it matters safeguard, might be outlined because the 'continuation of battle by way of different means'. This booklet can be of a lot curiosity to scholars of serious safeguard experiences, conflict and clash reports, terrorism reports, sociology and IR often. 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 conversation on the college of Genoa.

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Foucault (2009) has also shown how the concept of ‘state of exception’ may be traced back to the classical notion (for example, in G. Naudé) of the coup d’état as a measure for the monarch to re-­establish order. It is rather peculiar that among Schmitt’s work discussed today, his essay on the international order and war is far less cited, where he expresses a sort of nostalgia for a time when war supposedly ‘complied with regulations’; in substance, a bloody game regulated by the conventions between its antagonists (Schmitt, 2003).

22 There is no doubt that, from the very start, American strategists had the Al Qaida model in mind, which they knew perfectly because the US had participated, directly or otherwise, in financing Osama bin Laden at the time of the guerrilla warfare against the Soviets in Afghanistan (Burke, 2004). 23 The first response to 11 September (which US analysts had widely predicted, even if they had 28 A. Dal Lago obviously been unable to pinpoint the attack) was the war in Afghanistan, where RMA appeared to find its fullest implementation: strategic bombing of Taliban and Al Qaida sanctuaries, with the Northern Alliance acting as proxy for the dirty work (eliminating Talibans on the open battlefield) and the use of small counter-­guerrilla units (including CIA and British officers, Rangers, Delta Force and British Special Forces) to swarm against the Al Qaida network in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

However, the triumph of such process in the 1990s, with the alignment of the USSR and China to liberal capitalism, also put an end to the American phase of neo-­liberal empire. With this historical re-­alignment, almost all protections of socioeconomic sovereignty started to come under attack in the European Union and were forcibly dismantled in the former communist republics. The predatory process, based on the exploitation of non-­renewable natural resources and the rise of new poverty and new wealth through financial speculation, then became truly global through profits certified by the delocalized accounting of transnational financial firms.

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