“A Global Security System: An Alternative to War” – Now available in multiple formats

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“You say you’re against war, but what’s the alternative?”



World Beyond War is pleased to provide the book that everyone has been asking for: A Global Security System: An Alternative to War. It describes the “hardware” of creating a peace system, and the “software” — the values and concepts — necessary to operate a peace system and the means to spread these globally. Key sections include:

* Why is an Alternative Global Security System both Desirable and Necessary?
* Why we Think a Peace System is Possible
* Common Security
* Demilitarizing Security
* Managing International and Civil Conflicts
* International Non-government Organizations: The Role of Global Civil Society
* Creating a Culture of Peace
* Accelerating The Transition To An Alternative Security System

This report is based on the work of many experts in international relations and peace studies and on the experience of many activists. It is intended to be an evolving plan as we gain more and more experience. The historic end of war is now possible if we muster the will to act and so save ourselves and the planet from ever greater catastrophe. World Beyond War firmly believes that we can do this.

You can obtain A Global Security System: An Alternative to War in multiple formats:

Read A Global Security System: An Alternative to War Free Online

Start with Executive Summary.

View full Table of Contents.

View or download full PDF version.

PRINT EDITION of A Global Security System: An Alternative to War

Available at your local bookstore or any online bookseller. The distributor is Ingram. The ISBN is 978-0983083085. Buy online at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

Or buy in bulk for a discount here.

AUDIO EDITION for A Global Security System: An Alternative to War

Available for free here:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

eBook EDITIONS for A Global Security System: An Alternative to War

ePub for free here.

The distributor is Ingram. The ISBN is 978-1495147159.


Here’s a power point presentation to allow anyone familiar with the book to present it to others.


This book is the work of the World Beyond War Strategy Committee with input from the Coordinating Committee. All active members of those committees were involved and get credit, along with allies consulted and the work of all those drawn from and cited in the book. Kent Shifferd was the lead author. Also involved were Alice Slater, Bob Irwin, David Hartsough, Patrick Hiller, Paloma Ayala Vela, David Swanson, Joe Scarry.

Patrick Hiller did final editing.

Paloma Ayala Vela did layout.

Joe Scarry did web-design and publication.

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  1. Dave Hallsworth says:

    I support your cause and look forward to reading this book.

    • Glad to hear it, and hope you still support this after you read it! 🙂 Please let us know, both what you think and what you’d like to do. (There is a section near the end on things to do.)

      There are places to discuss this book in comments under each separate section, but general comments and questions and concerns about things that are perhaps missing and should be added can go here on this page.

      Also general ideas on promoting awareness of this document could go here.

      –David Swanson posting as worldbeyondwar

  2. Elizabeth Hallett says:

    Thank you for spreading this concept. What we don’t talk about, we don’t think about. More power to you and all who are working for a peaceful, just world.

  3. Of course it sounds like a great Idea to get rid of war, but as the saying goes: “Politics is war without guns, War is politics with guns”.

    My real question is, how do you expect to convince an entire corrupt industrial military complex that absolutely refuses to do anything good? The same industrial military complex that is currently feeding the world CancerFood and saying that it is safe.

    They aren’t going to see a good idea and just go with it, these so-called “people” in the industry go out of their way to destroy what is good and reinforce what is bad so they can make more value-less profits.

    That is the real obstacle in the way, the entire corrupt industry backed system that is profit-minded and seems to care not about this world or the life on it. How will you convince a bunch of corrupt corporate goons to stop poisoning the world, stop manufacturing weapons, explosives, bullets, etc. Even if you convinced the corrupt system of the US, you have other nations which have no interest in getting rid of their self-defense mechanisms.

    In my perspective, the only way to get rid of war for good is to get rid of all humans for good.

    • Ellie Vaughter says:

      The reason we have this situation is because of greed and power of corporations. (People in corporations) Stockholders love to see their investments grow. I’m not a religious nut, but I try to follow Jesus’s teachings: Love God, Love yourself, and Love your neighbors as yourself. IF we all tried to do this…..but, this isn’t the present reality. Those of us who believe in a world without war must keep talking, thinking, and believing that it is possible. THOUGHTS are important. POSITIVE THOUGHTS count. If enough of us are thinking positive thoughts, change can begin. Are any of us willing to do this? Or do we internally say, “this can’t help.”

  4. joseph logston says:

    We all need to stop these religious wars now!!!

  5. Jeanie Johnson says:

    Many years ago my husband and I did presentations through the group Beyond War. I don’t know if you folks are related but everything you have here is quite familiar. Including many of the questions by those who have read through your material. The question, “How can we possibly move beyond war?” seems as though it doesn’t have a plausible response. But in fact an idea once it becomes embedded in a society can create enormous change. We used to apply a 20% bow wave graphic to aid people in visualizing that swell of change moving into the society. Are we now beyond war? Of course we aren’t but we must bend all efforts to head in that direction because although wars still plague all of life, we cannot use them to effectively and sanely resolve conflicts. That is where we find ourselves at this time. A world beyond war is worth every possible effort. No one person or group has all the answers to nagging questions of how it is going to happen or how long it will take or any number of other worrisome problems that seem insurmountable. All those issues and concerns need all of us to work together to build a world beyond war.

  6. It appears that I have made three contributions to WBW. I have only received a receipt for one. One is all that I want counted toward my credit card. I want only 10 books.

    I had problems trying to make this contribution twice before it seemed to go through but it says I made three contribution.

    Will you please take care of fixing this?

  7. Thomas Chisholm says:

    I have been a member of Veterans for Peace for about 17 years. Are you aware of VFP and our efforts to stop Iraq I and II and in Afghanistan. Please take a look at the VFP website. Remember the protests in D.C.?
    We stand on Peace Corners across the nation. Join us in Chippewa Falls, WI every Saturday morning at 1100 hours.

  8. Natalia Plat says:

    All major wars are started by governments and paid for mostly by civillians via taxation and with their lives. Not even the hundred richest corporations in the world would be capable of maintaining warfare for longer than a year without going bankrupt nor would they find the number of staff willing to die for them. If we want to end war we will have to stop believing in (the necessity of) a ruling class which acts on behalf of all of us and forces us to pay for their decisions and interests. War is not a lie, the power of government is. No government, no taxation, no war.

  9. Martin Gomez says:

    I’m all for a world without war. However, having a military as defense is not the same thing as war, and the world is not a yet a civilized place where we can give up military defenses.

    Also, why isn’t this group active in Israel? Israel, the banksters (largely aligned with or loyal to Israel), and the Israel lobby are three of the biggest factors in the type of imperialism WBW seems to be against.

  10. B. Sadie Bailey says:

    I can’t get the download for the e-book to work, and my word processing program (libre office) won’t open it – there is no file extension so i can’t tell what type of file it is. is there a website that might have a better download? I have an old mac – is there another program that could open it? Could the file be corrupted? I’d like to read the book and am very low income. Thanks

    • From Wikipedia ():
      “EPUB is an e-book file format with the extension .epub that can be downloaded and read on devices like smartphones, tablets, computers, or e-readers.” You can probably find an ePub reader for your old Mac, but you’re probably better to download the PDF version since almost every platform has a PDF reader–but without knowing what version of “old mac” you have I can’t guarantee that for yours. You can download a PDF reader from adobe.com. Please ask again with more details if this doesn’t work for you.

  11. Am looking to connect with the programmers about possibly showing ROOTED in PEACE as part of the evening entertainment
    Jodie Evans from code pink and Desmond Tutu are featured in the film amongst others

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