Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781783603541 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783603558 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only

Disarming Conflict

Ernie Regehr

Disarming Conflict

Ernie Regehr

Distributed for Zed Books

256 pages | 5 x 9 | © 2015
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781783603541 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783603558 Published November 2015 For sale in North and South America only
In the last twenty-five years alone, by Ernie Regehr’s count, there have been ninety-eight wars, twenty-six of which are still raging around the world. Regehr puts the cost of armament for a global military made of seventy million people at $1.7 trillion per year. And yet, the overwhelming majority of wars are not settled on the battlefield, where they end in devastating, violent stalemates. Instead, they are ended in a conference room among diplomats and politicians. In this brave and discerning book, Regehr argues that we should keep in mind the proven futility of global, military effort and keep wars from ever leaving the bargaining table.  
 
Drawing on four decades of experience in conflict zones, advising and leading diplomacy efforts, and contributing to the adoption of the “Responsibility to Protect Act”by the World Assembly, Regeher boldly shows that political stability will never be issued from the barrel of a gun.
Contents
Preface
Introduction

1. Fighting to lose: A quarter century of warfare
2. How wars start
3. How wars end
4. The limits to military force
5. Preventing war
6. Disarming conflict: Conventional disarmament
7. Disarming conflict: Banning all WMD
8. Disarming security: Reshaping the security envelope
9. When prevention fails: Protecting the vulnerable
10. Winning the peace: Building a stable peace
Review Quotes
Samantha Nutt, author of Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies and Aid
Disarming Conflict made me want to stand up and cheer—finally, a book that confronts, articulately and impeccably, modern assumptions about the utility of war in resolving global disputes. I will be quoting liberally from Disarming Conflict for years to come.”
Bethuel A. Kiplagat, ambassador, founder of the Africa Peace Forum
“A masterpiece highly recommended to commanders-in-chief, diplomats, and peacemakers. Let us heed the call and invest just as much in peace diplomacy as we do in arms.”
Douglas Roche, former Canadian senator, ambassador, and author of Bread Not Bombs: A Political Agenda for Social Justice
“Studious, graceful, and authentic, Regehr's writing shatters the illusion that war is necessary for peace.”
Literary Review of Canada
Disarming Conflict provides one of the most succinct and persuasive cases for the mitigation and drawing down of modern warfare, not just for its brutality and destructiveness, but for its inability to fulfil its own deluded purpose.”
 
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