“You say you’re against war, but what’s the alternative?”
The Fifth 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)
The Fifth Edition features many updates, including new sections on Feminist Foreign Policy, Infrastructures for Peace, and the Role of Youth in Peace and Security.
“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
Get your copy of “A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (Fifth Edition)”
- PDF in high resolution with hyperlinks is available here.
- Buy print version at your local bookstore or online at Powell’s or Amazon. (The distributor is Ingram — print ISBN: 978-1-7347837-7-3 / e-book ISBN: 978-1-7347837-6-6.)
- Buy 10 or more for a discount here.
- Get the ePub (used by Barnes and Noble and Apple) here.
- Get the Mobi (used by Amazon’s Kindle) here.
- Audio book.
- Coming soon: versions of the Fifth Edition in other languages.
A condensed, 15-page summary version of AGSS is available for FREE download in several languages. Find your language here.
A Global Security System Poster
This poster complements AGSS and is featured in the book.
- Download a free copy of the poster here (suitable for printing)
- Purchase a printed, frame-worthy poster via our online store here.
The Fifth Edition was improved and expanded by World BEYOND War staff and board, led by Phill Gittins. The 2018-19 / Fourth 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.
- Phill Gittins did final editing of Fifth Edition.
- 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
- PDF, ebook, and audiobook versions of AGSS 2018-19 are available for a donation as small as $2 here.
- PDF and ebook versions of AGSS 2017, as well as more recent versions, are available for free here.
- NUEVO: Traducción Española – Un Sistema de Seguridad Global: Como Alternativa para Erradicar Guerra – 2017 (pdf)
- Read A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (2016 edition) Free Online here.
- First Edition from 2015 is here.