The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide by Joshua S. Goldstein
In his book "Winning the War on War," Dr. Goldstein analyzes decades of war and how peace keeping, peace building, and peacemakers have influenced wars positively and negatively. Dr. Goldstein also assesses the organizations that support and provide these forces, ranging from small NGOs to the UN, to various states' armed forces. He points out that the concept of war should be thought about as a continuum ranging from bad to worse, from small to large. Just as war has gradations, so does peace (p. 3), which can range from a fragile cease-fire to formal peace agreements, to disarmament and democracy. Dr. Goldstein lists several shocking statistics that are rarely reported and, for me, were initially hard to comprehend.