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Classical set-piece wars between states seem to be a thing of the past replaced by Intra-wars insurgency and counter-insurgency wars of one kind or another These developments give us reason to re-think all our theories of war and peace We need new theories about violence in world politics Discuss this claim War has been a major focal point in international relations for the past 300 years The moral legal humans and strategic nature of war has and will continue to command attention of all followers of world affairs War is a changing phenomena taking on new characteristics as its surroundings change diplomatic practitioners and academic experts regarded as one that it is fought between states but now this premise is being challenged The theories developed by predominately by the realist paradigm are becoming anachronistic in its conception of war a changing world means the realist notion of war is not relevant to emerging situations in the peripheral nations War as an instrument of state policy is a relatively new phenomena early wars were often though for more medieval objectives for example the spread of Christendom War in Europe only became largely politically based after the 17th century and the main purpose of the exercise of military power shifted to hold the advancement and protection of the state as its primary concern Despite its negativity war exists because of its vital role in politics the two are inter-linked war is a continuation of politics by other means War is a vehicle of conflict resolution generally undertaken when diplomatic measures have been exhausted war causes an outcome therefore a rational if not morally defensible means to a known end History since the thirty years war 1648 has seen a process of state building by the European powers Centralising monarchies by the 18th century has slowly gained a monopoly of force within there own territories and began to establish themselves as sovereign states The concept
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