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6/16 Book Launch and Luncheon - "The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon"

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 12:15pm

The World Policy Institute presents:

A book discussion and luncheon with
Mary Kaldor and Shannon D. Beebe, authors of

The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon:
Human Security and the New Rules of War and Peace

The discussion will be moderated by WPI Senior Fellow Sherle Schwenninger.

The twenty-first century has seen millions unemployed. It has seen livelihoods undermined by environmental degradation. Middle-class cities in Europe, Asia, and Africa have become cauldrons of violence and resentment. Tribalism, ethnic nationalism, and religious fundamentalism have flared dangerously across globe from Russia to Spain. The use of force is unlikely to help. What works when counter-insurgency has run its course in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond?

Brought together from distant points on the political spectrum, Kaldor, a renowned peace advocate, and Beebe, a career military officer, challenge head-on Condoleezza Rice's declaration that "it is not the job of the 82nd Airborne Division to escort kids to kindergarten," contending that, in fact, it should be. In The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon, these authors explore human security and find common ground in a cutting-edge concept that redefines what security means, what security forces should do, and the policies and priorities needed to achieve peace.

Wednesday, June 16
12:15 - 2 PM
Lunch will be served beginning at 12:15; the discussion will begin at 12:30.

220 Fifth Avenue (between 26th and 27th Streets)
Fifth floor conference room
New York, New York

Cost and RSVP:

* Free for WPI Members
* Regular non-member admission: $15
* Non-member admission for academics, nonprofit professionals and full-time students: $10

Members: register by emailing or calling 212.481.5005, Option 2.

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June 16 Lunch Discussion - "The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon"

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Books will be available for purchase on the day of the event.

Advance registration is required to help us plan appropriately and minimize waste when ordering. All reservations must be paid in advance. Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday, June 15.

Cancellations received more than 24 hours prior to the event will receive credit towards future events.

Call the World Policy Institute Events line at 212.481.5005, Option 2, with any event-related questions.

About the Speakers:
Mary Kaldor is professor and director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science. Her books include The Baroque Arsenal, The Imaginary War, New and Old Wars, and Global Civil Society. She lives in London, England.

Lieutenant Colonel Shannon D. Beebe is currently serving as the Senior Africa Analyst, Office of United States Army Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence. A graduate of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, he lives in Angola.

Sherle Schwenninger, moderator, directs the New America Foundation's Economic Growth Program and the Global Middle Class Initiative. Currently a World Policy Institute Senior Fellow, he was Founding Editor of World Policy Journal from 1983 to 1992.

Praise for The Ultimate Weapon is No Weapon:
Amartya Sen, professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University and Nobel Prize-winner
"The authors clarify the complex demands of human security, threatened as it is by a great variety of adversities-from disease and penury to violence and tyranny. The book is a significant contribution to a necessary understanding of the human predicament in our time."

Carroll Bogert, associate director, Human Rights Watch
"The much-abused term 'human security' gets a full-body makeover in Beebe and Kaldor's important new book. They start from the premise that it took Gen. Stanley McChrystal and the U.S. armed forces six years to realize in Afghanistan: ousting even a decidedly abusive government will not succeed without robust and genuine protection of the local population's human rights. Revolutionary, and complicated, and bound to get people in important places arguing."



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