A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (2018-19 Edition)

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



The 2018-19 edition of A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (AGSS) is now available!  AGSS is World BEYOND War’s blueprint for an alternative security system – one in which peace is pursued by peaceful means.

Be sure to check out our complementary online study guide: Study War No More: A Concerned Citizens Study and Action Guide for “A Global Security System: An Alternative to War.”

AGSS relies on three broad strategies for humanity to end war: 1) demilitarizing security, 2) managing conflicts without violence, and 3) creating a culture of peace. These are the interrelated components of our system: the frameworks, processes, tools and institutions necessary for dismantling the war machine and replacing it with a peace system that will provide a more assured common security.  Strategies for demilitarizing security are directed at reducing dependency on militarism. Strategies for managing conflict without violence are focused on reforming and/or establishing new institutions, tools and processes for assuring security. Strategies for creating a culture of peace are concerned with establishing social and cultural norms, values, and principles necessary for sustaining a thriving peace system and the means to spread it globally.

“A Global Security System is a serious and major attempt to explore what a world without war could be. The book presents, from many angles, an interconnected vision, with a positive framing of what is possible and that the capacity exists to make it happen. This book is an incredible undertaking and I really appreciated the clarity of the layout, which makes the ideas tangible.” – Matthew Legge, Peace Program Coordinator, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)

This 4th edition features several updates, including a new summary chart outlining the components and strategies of AGSS as well as a mind-map / flowchart that should aid readers in visualizing the interrelationships amongst all the dynamic parts of the system.  We’ve also added executive summaries to each of the three guiding strategies to highlight the transitionary reforms to existing security efforts and the more transformative proposals advocating for the development of new approaches and institutions.  These summaries are complemented by strategic policy and action recommendations: a distillation of what we believe to be the most critical policy recommendations to be pursued and calls to action for political engagement for all concerned.  We’ve also made significant updates to our visions for global governance; incorporated updated and new data on peace economics and military spending; made several revisions for clarity; and many other small additions.

“What a treasure. It is so well written and conceptualized. The beautiful text and design immediately captured the attention and imagination of my 90 graduate and undergraduate students.  Visually and substantively, the clarity of the book appeals to young people in a way textbooks have not.” —Barbara Wien, American University

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A Global Security System Poster

Download a copy of our new Global Security System poster.

This poster complements AGSS and will be featured in the new 2018-19 edition of the book.


The 2018-19 edition was improved and expanded by World BEYOND War staff and Coordinating Committee Members, led by Tony Jenkins, with proof editing by Greta Zarro.  Many revisions were based on feedback from students in World BEYOND War’s online class “War Abolition 201.”

The 2017 edition was improved and expanded by World BEYOND War staff and Coordinating Committee members, led by Patrick Hiller and David Swanson. Many revisions were based on feedback from “No War 2016” conference participants as well as feedback from students in World Beyond War’s online class “War Abolition 101.”

The 2016 edition was improved and expanded by World BEYOND War staff and Coordinating Committee members, led by Patrick Hiller, with input from Russ Faure-Brac, Alice Slater, Mel Duncan, Colin Archer, John Horgan, David Hartsough, Leah Bolger, Robert Irwin, Joe Scarry, Mary DeCamp, Susan Lain Harris, Catherine Mullaugh, Margaret Pecoraro, Jewell Starsinger, Benjamin Urmston, Ronald Glossop, Robert Burrowes, Linda Swanson.

The original 2015 edition was 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.

  • Tony Jenkins did final editing in 2018-19.
  • Patrick Hiller did final editing in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
  • Paloma Ayala Vela did layout in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018-19.
  • Joe Scarry did web-design and publication in 2015.

Other formats and past editions


  1. Richard Dennis says:

    War is a countless exercise where many thousands perhaps millions are caught up in an argument caused by those at the top.

  2. Peter Warner says:

    Thank you for offering some alternative means of acquiring this book. Nevertheless, I’m very disappointed with WBW for offering this book through corporate booksellers. Elimination of capitalism is a fundamental step towards achieving peace and attempting to regain ecological sanity.

  3. Ending war does not necessarily mean that capitalism needs to be eliminated.
    Surely though, unregulated capitalism is a path that will turn more of the planet into more third-world nations.
    As a Democratic Socialist, I wish that we can put an end to all war.

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