The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon

The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon : Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace

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This is an unique combination of British academic and pacifist and American Lt Colonel with background in political science who develop a shared concept of the nature of violence in the 21st century, and a programme for how to make populations threatened by military, economic, and social upheaval feel secure. The twenty-first century has seen millions unemployed. It has seen livelihoods undermined by environmental degradation. Middle-class cities in Europe, Asia, and Africa have become cauldrons of violence and resentment. Tribalism, ethnic nationalism, and religious fundamentalism have flared dangerously, from Russia to Spain. The use of force is unlikely to help. What works when counter-insurgency has run its course: in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and beyond? In this book, two authors brought together from distant points on the political spectrum by their concerns about the repercussions of violent political conflict on human lives, explain and explore a new idea for stabilising the dangerous neighborhoods of the world. They challenge head-on Condoleezza Rice's declaration that 'it is not the job of the 82nd Airborne Division to escort kids to kindergarten' contending that, in fact, it should be. When marginalised populations are trapped in poverty and lawlessness and denied political power and justice, brutality, and fascism thrive. Human security is a new concept for clarifying what peace requires and the policies and priorities by which to achieve it.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 155 x 235mm
  • INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
  • PublicAffairs,U.S.
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1586489542
  • 9781586489540
  • 2,456,373

About Mary H. Kaldor

Mary Kaldor is Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science. Her books include The Baroque Arsenal (1982) The Imaginary War (1990) New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era (1999) Global Civil Society: An Answer to War (2003). Lieutenant Colonel Shannon Beebe is currently serving as the Senior Africa Analyst, Office of United States Army Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence. As one of the most recognised authorities on Africa within the Department of Defense, Lieutenant Colonel Beebe played an instrumental role in the development of the newly formed unified command for Africa, AFRICOM. He is the leading thinker on human security within the United States. As such, his work has been groundbreaking reaching out across traditional bureaucratic boundaries to open dialogues on African security for the 21st Century.show more

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