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Joshua S. Goldstein
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Joshua S. Goldstein is professor emeritus at the School of International Service at American University, author of "Winning the War on War: The Decline of Armed Conflict Worldwide," winner of the International Studies Association “Book of the Decade” award, among others, and a research scholar at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he lives.

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World Backsliding on Peace

(4) Comments | Posted August 3, 2015 | 10:41 PM

The latest Swedish data on world battle-deaths (through 2014) add to the evidence of a serious reversal of the decades-long trend toward fewer and smaller wars.

From fewer than 25,000 battle-deaths in 2011, the total has jumped to nearly 40,000 in 2012, 70,000 in 2013, and more than 100,000 in...

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State of the World's Wars

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2014 | 11:31 PM

Through the haze of horror and grief at war scenes around the world, systematic data collection can provide a needed big-picture perspective. The world's experts on war data, in Uppsala, Sweden, recently released the updated dataset on armed conflicts through 2013.


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Benghazi -- Truth vs. Politics

(4) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 2:09 PM

Call me old-fashioned but I still believe that truth and falsehood exist; that with some effort a nation's policymaking and political establishment can determine one from the other; and that any nation that fails to do so when it comes to foreign policy -- with such huge stakes and so...

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Yemen's President Resigns

(0) Comments | Posted November 23, 2011 | 2:05 PM

In a long-awaited and much-delayed milestone of the Arab Spring, Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has signed the peace agreement that removes him from office. He signed it in Saudi Arabia today and has told the UN secretary-general that he plans to travel to New York for medical...

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U.S. Pacific "Pivot" -- A New Cold War?

(33) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 11:50 AM

Thursday's ASEAN summit in Indonesia will feature an unprecented addition -- an American president. Fresh off an Asia-Pacific summit in Hawaii and a visit to Australia, President Obama will drop in to underscore the new Asia-Pacific focus of U.S. foreign policy.


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The Upside of Financial Crises

(7) Comments | Posted November 11, 2011 | 10:15 AM

What do Indonesia's General Suharto and Italy's Silvio Berlusconi have in common? Both were corrupt national leaders who stayed in office too long and finally lost power as a result of financial crises. These kinds of crises are ugly and painful, but often bring about overdue reforms and lead to...

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The Wars Are Over -- Now Cut Defense Spending

(107) Comments | Posted October 31, 2011 | 11:12 AM

The wars in Iraq and Libya are over, and Afghanistan is winding down. As President Obama has repeated, "the tide of war is receding." So why are we still spending one-third more on the military than the Cold War peak, double the level of the 1990s -- some $9,000 a...

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