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War and Peace - a contemporary focus on security and strategy

By Publicaciones FRIDE (17/01/2008) Book

In the new book "War and Peace", published by Icaria Editorial, the author focuses his attention on the changes that have occurred since September 2001, the crisis in the US, the shift from military security to human security and the challenges of nuclear proliferation. He also examines the role of diplomacy, peace-keeping missions and the creation of an "international security regime" that combines pragmatism with the normative contributions of Kantian idealism.

In this page you'll find excerpts from the introduction, the foreword and the preface. The full versions may be downloaded using the links below.

See also information on the book presentation in Madrid.

Introduction, by Mariano Aguirre

"La guerra y la paz" offers a tool with which to understand the current international system and take decisions in the areas of foreign policy, security, humanitarian action and cooperation.

The book has three interesting virtues. On one hand, it presents the problems of the international system and the various interpretations and ways of understanding them from different academic and political perspectives. On the other, it draws together both the anglosaxon and francophone traditions of international relations research, something which is very unusual, especially considering the abyss that separates them.

Thirdly, it elaborates a series of proposals for the running of the international system that includes reinvigorating the role for the state, reinforcing the diverse bodies of the multilateral system and the active participation of civil society.

Foreword, by Pere Vilanova

This book by C.P. David has both an immediate utility and a certain strategic ambition. The author invites us to enter into the controversial subject matter with both intellectual respect and academic rigor in a logical work that holds just as much legitimacy within the academic world as outside it.

Its immediate utility stems principally from the fact it poses questions that are genuinely relevant, in the sense that we give the term relevance in the social sciences and, in particular, the realm of theory.

The ambition of the work is particularly striking, as is its sequential structure, which follows the logical chain of a line of thought. Equally interesting is the nodal concept, the vertebral column of its argument, which explains the perception of order linked to the war-peace dialectic, and thereby to the concept of strategy.

Preface by C. P. David

This book aims to serve as an introductory guide for the area of strategic studies. There are numerous similar contributions already in existence but, curiously, none that bridge the areas of geopolitics, strategy, war and peace.

This manual has been conceived as an introduction and, for this reason, some experts will find it dissatisfying. Such readers would doubtless prefer a deeper analysis of all the questions, controversies and perspectives dealt with.

In order to offer an inclusive vision of strategic studies “in 12 lessons”, and in a reasonable number of pages, it was necessary to limit our focus to the essential characteristics of the theories and theses. We felt the quality of this understanding should be given priority over the number of issues dealt with.

This book is available in bookshops and can also be requested to Icaria Editorial: +34 93 301 17 23 o

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Introduction (Spanish) Foreword (Spanish) Preface (Spanish)

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