Similarly, the study of war is in actuality a study for peace -- the real objective. We want to understand war so we can bring about peace, which is the benefit we hope to secure.
In The Art of War, Sun Tzu tells us that our highest aim should be to win without fighting. Our aspiration isn't the enemy's destruction but the prevention of battle altogether. This makes sense because in the real world our resources are limited. Therefore, the gain from resolving conflicts and taking whole -- if we are wise enough to achieve it -- can mean the difference between surplus and insufficiency, affluence and poverty, survival and obsolescence.
It is with the above mindset I want to introduce to you Prof. Beatrice Heuser, Chair of International Relations in the Department of Politics at the University of Glasgow. Few people know more about war than she does. As such, Prof. Heuser can help guide us in the right direction and path to peace.
Enjoy our interview with Prof. Beatrice Heuser!