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Vol. 3 (2022): Panoply Journal

Kenning the novelty of New Wars

  • Muhammad Shahbaz
16 November 2022


War has long been part of human history, and its atrocities have made it part of academic practice to avoid it in the best possible manner. To understand the intensity of an issue, one must investigate it. The decades-long debate over the changing characteristics of war has blurred the actual concept of war. Advancements in technology and globalization have changed the conduct of war to a new form. This paper synthesizes the conception of war and tries to differentiate it from the new war. It presents arguments from both sides: the new war and orthodox war scholars. It later presents the old war scholar's defense that war has not changed its nature. It also presents Clausewitz's War Studies as a litmus test for the "new wars" scholar's claim. It emphasizes the outcomes, goals, and actors of warring parties as a foundation for new war scholars.

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