Press Release: A Global Security System: An Alternative to War

​World Beyond War
Contact: David Swanson 202-329-7847
March 9, 2015
For immediate release

A Global Security System: An Alternative to War

World Beyond War, a U.S. nonprofit dedicated to ending all war, published this week a guide toward that end, a short book titled A Global Security System: An Alternative to War.

This act constitutes an intervention into the debate over whether to create a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force. In fact, this document should help stimulate a debate over whether to continue with the war approach to global conflicts, authorized or not. It has become routine to acknowledge that “there is no military solution” even while pursuing military actions as preferable to doing nothing. A Global Security System builds a case for alternative actions, both in a moment of crisis, and on the long-term path toward preventing conflict and developing nonviolent means of resolving conflict.

This book 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. This report is based on the work of many experts in international relations and peace studies and on the experience of many activists. A quotation from the first section reads:

“In On Violence, Hannah Arendt wrote that the reason warfare is still with us is not a death wish of our species nor some instinct of aggression, ‘. . . but the simple fact that no substitute for this final arbiter in international affairs has yet appeared on the political scene.’ The Alternative Global Security System we describe here is the substitute. The goal of this document is to gather into one place, in the briefest form possible, everything one needs to know to work toward an end to war by replacing it with an Alternative Global Security System in contrast to the failed system of national security.”

A teach-in on this topic is planned for 5:00-6:30 p.m. March 20, 2015, at University of the District of Columbia Law School at 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC, as part of four days of events planned by Spring Rising. Speaking will be David Swanson, author and director of World Beyond War; Matthew Hoh, a former State Department official who resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan; and Robert Fantina, author and journalist whose most recent book is Empire, Racism and Genocide: A History of U.S. Foreign Policy.

The book is available free online at, including the Executive Summary and full Table of Contents. Here is the full PDF version. The paperback is 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. The audio book can be purchased here. The eBook editions (978-1495147159) are coming soon.


Dr. Kent Shifferd was the lead author on A Global Security System: An Alternative To War. He is also the author of From War To Peace: a Guide To the Next Hundred Years, and is a former executive director of the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies. He is available for interviews at 715-466-5867.

David Hartsough also contributed. He is a cofounder of World Beyond War and a member of its Strategy and Coordinating committees, as well as the director of Peaceworkers and the author of Waging Peace: Global Adventures of a Lifelong Activist. He is available for interviews at 415-751-0302.

David Swanson is a cofounder and the director of World Beyond War, an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. His books include War Is A Lie. He blogs at and He hosts Talk Nation Radio. He is a 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee. Swanson can be reached at 202-329-7847.

Alice Slater is a member of the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War and the New York director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. She serves on the Coordinating Committee of Abolition 2000. 646-238-9000.

Patrick T. Hiller, Ph.D., is the director of the War Prevention Initiative and a member of World Beyond War’s Coordinating Committee. 541-490-4485.

Robert Fantina is an author and journalist whose most recent book is Empire, Racism and Genocide: A History of U.S. Foreign Policy. 226-339-1981.

World Beyond War was created in 2014 to advance the agenda of eliminating the entire institution of war and of replacing it with a culture and structural system of peace.

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