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Security Without War

A Postcold War Foreign Policy, 1st Edition

By Michael Shuman, Hal Harvey


318 pages

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The Cold War may be over, but the United States is still practicing Cold War foreign policies. From the Persian Gulf to El Salvador, from Bosnia to Somalia, U.S. policymakers continue to rely on force, threats, arms, and military aid. A fundamental redefinition of national security–beyond war and militarization, beyond bilateralism, beyond sovereign states–is long overdue. In Security Without War, a dynamic author team lays out new principles and policies for the United States to adopt in a post-Cold War world. Shuman and Harvey encourage Americans to take account of all threats (not just military ones), to emphasize preventing conflicts over winning wars, to enhance every nation's security (including that of its enemies), to favour multilateral approaches over bilateral ones, and to promote greater citizen participation in foreign policy. Throughout, they show how military, political, economic, and environmental security interests are all linked–and how emphasizing one over the others can undermine the nation's safety. Security Without War brings together for the first time the major elements of post-Cold War security thought. The authors show how a new framework for U.S. international relations can enhance U.S.–and indeed, global–security at a substantially lower cost.

Table of Contents

Foreword -- Introduction -- Redefining Security -- New Security Threats -- The Limits to Force -- The Dangers of Arms Races -- Preventing and Resolving Conflicts -- The Political Roots of Conflict -- The Resource Roots of Conflict -- The Economic Roots of Conflict -- Conflict Resolution -- Military Defense Against Aggression -- Nonprovocative Defense -- Collective Security -- Control of Nuclear Weapons -- Implementation -- Grassroots Participation -- A Genuine New World Order -- Annotated Bibliography

About the Authors

Michael H. Shuman is the executive director of the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C. Since graduating from Stanford Law School, he has cowritten one book (Citizen Diplomats: Path-finders in Soviet-American Relations, 1987) and coedited two others (Conditions of Peace: An Inquiry; 1992, and Technology for the Common Good, 1993). He has also written articles for such periodicals as The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Foreign Policy, Parade, and the New York Times. Hal Harvey is the executive director of the San Francisco-based Energy Foundation, which is a joint endeavor of the Rockefeller, Pew, and MacArthur foundations. The Energy Foundation's mission is to assist in the nation's transition to a sustainable energy future by promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. Previously, Mr. Harvey was the executive vice-president of the International Foundation for the Survival and Development of Humanity, where he directed its energy project and GlasNet computer network project. He has bachelors and masters degrees from Stanford in engineering.

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