“A Global Security System: An Alternative to War” – 2016 Edition Now Available



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


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World Beyond War is pleased to provide the 2016 edition of 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.

“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

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

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 978-0-9980859-1-3. Buy online at Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.

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View or download full PDF version.

First Edition from 2015 is here in multiple formats.


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.

Patrick Hiller did final editing in 2015 and 2016.

Paloma Ayala Vela did layout in 2015 and 2016.

Joe Scarry did web-design and publication in 2015.

30 Responses

    1. 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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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.”

      1. Thanks, Ellie – you’ve summed it up beautifully: ” Those of us who believe in a world without war must keep talking, thinking, and believing that it is possible.”

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

    1. Humanity must unite, not out of some moral ideal, but out of practical necessity:
      “It is not enough to say that people want peace, and you should not believe that people have always lived together in harmony, for there has been very little harmony in the world at any time. And you should not think that establishing peace in the world is simply creating a new social program or platform or that it is all about politics or relations between various nations or groups.”
      More: http://newknowledgelibrary.org/audio-mp3/what-will-end-war-audio-download/

      1. I haven’t read the book. But a global security system sounds like a New World Order. If the current shadow government runs this thing then the dictatorship they desire will be in their lap. The people do not govern themselves and moving towards that is the first step, not a global security state that will inevitably be run by the psychopaths already suggesting that solution.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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

    1. 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.

  9. 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

  10. I am looking forward to read the book. The main conclusion I came to about the climate change thread and our disability to meet this real terrifying threat with adequate means is, that we will not be able until we finite the great inequality which still exist inside our countries, between our countries and continents, regarding wealth, power, influence and education. Otherwise the different strength of power and interest will always follow its own interest and there will be always something else to do before. I am afraid, the same will come true for finding world peace.

  11. General Darlington Smedley Butler was one of our most decorated soldiers with 2 medals of honor. He came to believe no war was worth fighting and wrote a book called ‘War is a Racket’ which is worth reading. He died in the 1930s before WWII. There was something called the business man’s coup to throw FDR out of office and he was approached about leading it. He turned them in. That’s a fascinating story.

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  13. I loved reading your pdf – but – in a country where a person like d trump can reap as many votes as he has, what hope is there for intelligent thinking about war & peace.

    1. Its not Trump. Its the puppet masters who are there regardless of public figures. But I agree. Global Security equals Global Fascism without a revolution to change the status quo.

  14. I noticed that the 2015 edition was available in an ePub format file. Is the 2016 edition available in either ePub or Mobi formats? Either one of these would be easier to read on my Android tablet than the PDF version you offer (I converted that one to Mobi, but PDF is such a “terminal” format that it didn’t come out very well, and the indexing is totally non-functional). If you don’t have that format available already, I could probably do a conversion to either ePub or Mobi for you, but it might take a little time, and I wouldn’t want to reinvent the wheel of either format is already available.

  15. A follow-up too my earlier question (sice I never got an answer to it, and it may be irrelevant by now). I notice that you’re about to come out with a new 2017 edition of this book for the September “No War 2017” meeting. If you are not already planning to issue this in a standard e-book format (ePub or Mobi), could I help to get it to a wider distribution of readers by helping you convert it to one or both of these formats? Thanks for any information you can gime on this.

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