In the last twenty-five years alone, by Ernie Regehr’s count, there have been ninety-eight wars, twenty-six of which are still raging around the world. Regehr puts the cost of armament for a global military made of seventy million people at $1.7 trillion per year. And yet, the overwhelming majority of wars are not settled on the battlefield, where they end in devastating, violent stalemates. Instead, they are ended in a conference room among diplomats and politicians. In this brave and discerning book, Regehr argues that we should keep in mind the proven futility of global, military effort and keep wars from ever leaving the bargaining table.
Drawing on four decades of experience in conflict zones, advising and leading diplomacy efforts, and contributing to the adoption of the “Responsibility to Protect Act” by the World Assembly, Regeher boldly shows that political stability will never be issued from the barrel of a gun.
Author: Ernie Regehr, O.C. is co-founder of Project Ploughshares, one of Canada’s leading peace and security NGOs. He is a senior fellow in arctic security at the Simons Foundation of Vancouver, and a research fellow at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo.
Publisher: Zed Books