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by Paul Rogers, Prof. of Peace
Studies, Bradford University
Pluto Press, London and Sterling, VA, 2000
ISBN 0-7453-1679-4 (pb., 176 pp, $22.50)
In the aftermath of the terrible events of September 11th this book is absolutely essential reading for anyone concerned with developing a coherent view of where the world is heading and what can be done to create the new security paradigm we so desperately need. As Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University in the UK Paul Rogers has spent years studying and analysing military strategies and global security since the end of World War Two.
He identifies three key underlying trends that are driving the decisions of politicians, diplomats, non-state actors and the military around the world. These are:
The approach of the elites is to try to keep the "lid" on with the threat and use of military force to maintain the "violent peace" but Rogers persuasively argues that this approach will not work. It is tragic that his analysis has been proved correct at the cost of thousands of lives in the USA and potentially many more in rest of the world in times to come. Without the creation of a new security paradigm based on the reversal of the current trends in the global economy, disarmament and sustainable development the world faces a turbulent and violent future. We know now that even the elites are unable to escape this fate.
Packed with fascinating facts and written with great clarity, no activist, analyst or decision- maker should be without this book.
- Janet Bloomfield, Oxford Research Group