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State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security (State of the World)by Worldwatch Institute
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Since September 11, 2001, many governments have reasserted the centrality of traditional, military-focused security. Yet the aftermath of the ensuing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq underlines once more that lasting security is not found in soldiers, bullets, and tanks. "Security" concerns are only in part about violent conflict, a worst-case outcome that results from a broad range of underlying vulnerabilities. Worldwatch offers a broader perspective on these issues by reaffirming the importance of other, less-publicized threats to global stability and security: the complex interactions between environmental degradation, poverty, and inequity; growing human populations; and the international proliferation of deadly weapons. Emphasizing the opportunities for creating a less vulnerable, more secure world, addresses a broad range of needed reforms, including those related to governance, economics, ethics, and education. With easy-to-read charts and tables, this volume presents a view of our changing world that we, and our leaders, cannot afford to ignore.
Book News Annotation:
Can we bomb our way to global security, or is there a better way? In this collection of articles, including a foreword by Mikhail Gorbachev, contributors examine the core causes of global insecurity, including scarcity and unequal distribution of food and water, agencies' inability to cope with contagious disease, and general dependence on an oil economy. They also examine some positive steps, including redefining security in human terms, disarming postwar societies and redirecting resources to meet the needs of an ever-growing population, and building peace through environmental cooperation.
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Since September 11, 2001, many governments have reasserted the centrality of traditional, military-focused security. Emphasizing the opportunities for creating a more secure world, this edition addresses a broad range of needed reforms. Includes easy-to-read charts and tables.
Tackles the pressing issue of international security and its ramifications on the health of our planet.
"The most comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible summaries on the global environment."--Pulitzer Prize winner, E. O. Wilson
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The Worldwatch Institute is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit research and publishing organization dedicated to fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society.
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