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The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon: human security and the new rules of war and peace

Shannon D Beebe and Mary Kaldor
PublicAffairs Book (May 2010)

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.

  • Mary Kaldor is professor and director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Shannon D Beebe is currently serving as the Senior Africa Analyst, Office of United States Army Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence.

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LSE Global Governance book launch

Wednesday 26 May, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Speakers: Lieutenant Colonel Shannon D Beebe, Professor Mary Kaldor, Clare Short MP, and Rory Stewart Conservative PPC
Chair: Professor David Held

To celebrate the launch of The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon, we invite you to a public discussion, exploring opportunities for stabilising the dangerous neighbourhoods of the world through the implementation of human security ideas. The event will be followed by a drinks reception.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.The book will be available to purchase on the night.

For more information, visit Global Governance Events| or contact Harriet Carter, centre manager, at h.c.carter@lse.ac.uk|

The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon