Dan Reiter


On his book How Wars End

Cover Interview of December 31, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How states stop the wars they start.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“War is a fundamentally political act.  States start wars to accomplish political goals.”

On the second:

“When belligerents fear that the other side will not abide by a war-ending peace settlement, this fear pushes them to reject negotiations and instead pursue the absolute defeat of their adversary.”