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The ultimate weapon is no weapon: human security and the new rules of war and peace

Beebe, Shannon D. and Kaldor, Mary (2010) The ultimate weapon is no weapon: human security and the new rules of war and peace. PublicAffairs Books, New York, USA. ISBN 9781586488239

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Abstract

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 fl ared 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 stabilizing 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 marginalized 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.

Item Type: Book
Official URL: http://www.publicaffairsbooks.com/
Additional Information: © 2010 The authors
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE Global Governance
Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > LSE Enterprise
Research centres and groups > Middle East Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 14 May 2010 10:01
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27990/

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