Swords and Ploughshares

Swords and Ploughshares : Building Peace in the 21st Century

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The men and women of the British armed forces are currently engaged in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Balkans in 'peacekeeping operations'. How do we avoid these missions turning into long-term entanglements? How do we bring our soldiers home? And what do we do about 'failed states' that are havens for gangsters and terrorists? Paddy Ashdown fears we will soon see major wars between nation states. Many will begin as minor conflicts that will expand into full-scale wars unless the international community intervenes. The way to stop the big wars is to deal promptly with the small ones. From his perspective as a former Royal Marine officer in the 1960s to the High Representative in Bosnia from 2002-6, Lord Ashdown is uniquely qualified to investigate the successes and failures of peace-keeping operations, reveal what lessons have been learned - and what lessons keep being forgotten.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 132 x 210 x 30mm | 421.84g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 0753823314
  • 9780753823316
  • 1,134,522

About Paddy Ashdown

Born in 1941, Paddy Ashdown served in the Royal Marines from 1959-72, including duty with the SBS, and retired with the rank of captain to join the Foreign Office. From May 2002 to January 2006 he was the High Representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is the former leader of the Liberal Democrats and was knighted in 2000. He was made a life peer in 2001 (Baron Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon) when he left the House of Commons. He was made a GCMG in 2006.show more

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