Engaging in Learning & Action Toward a Global Security System: an Alternative to War

Study War No More is a learning tool developed and produced by World Beyond War in partnership with the Global Campaign for Peace Education.

Study War No More is intended for those concerned with pursuing alternative possibilities to the general futility of war as a means to pursuing peace. It provides guided inquiries for students and citizens to understand the nature of “the war system” and the possibilities for its transformation to an authentic “global security system” pursued via peaceful means.

World Beyond War is a global nonviolent movement to end war and establish a just and sustainable peace.  The Global Campaign for Peace Education builds public awareness and political support for the introduction of peace education into all spheres of education, including non-formal education, in all schools throughout the world.


Introduction and Overview

Who is this guide for?

Study War No More is designed for a wide range of audiences. It is appropriate and adaptable for use in or with:

    • upper-level secondary school classes (history, social studies)
    • undergraduate and graduate peace studies programs
    • community groups
    • activist groups
    • faith-based groups
    • local, state or national government officials
    • family dinner time conversation

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Below is an index of prepared and proposed discussion topics.   Check back often as new topics will be added. Visit the main discussion index to see what topics are currently available.

  • Introduction and overview
  • Section 1: Why an Alternative Global Security System is Desirable and Necessary
    • (Discussion 1) In Search of Global Security: What makes us secure?
    • (Discussion 2) Global insecurity: understanding the “War System”
    • (Discussion 3) Debunking the Myths of War
  • Section 2: A Peace System is Possible
    • (Discussion 4) Alternative Visions: Human Security and a Culture of Peace
    • (Discussion 5) Nonviolence: A More Successful Approach
  • Section 3: Foundations of an Alternative Global Security System
    • (Discussion 6) Common Security: A System of Global Interdependence
    • (Discussion 7) Transition: From an Offensive to Defensive Posture
    • (Discussion 8) Demilitarization and Disarmament
    • (Discussion 9) Reforming and Building Effective International Institutions
    • (Discussion 10) Ecological Security: Protecting the Integrity of all Life
    • (Discussion 11) Nonviolent Civilian-Based Defense / Civilian Peacekeeping Forces
    • (Discussion 12) A Sustainable Global Economy as a Foundation for Peace
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    • (Discussion 13) Involving Women in Peace & Security Decision Making
    • (Discussion 14) The Role of Global Civil Society
  • Section 4: Building a Culture of Peace: Further Strategies and Possibilities
    • The following discussion topics are coming soon…
    • (Discussion 15) Formal, Non-formal and Informal Education
    • (Discussion 16) Technology: Creativity and Connection
    • (Discussion 17) Faith-Based Movements: The Role of Religion in Building Peace
    • (Discussion 18) Racism: Developing an Intersectional Lens for Peace
  • Section 5: Transitioning to an Alternative Global Security System
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    • (Discussion 19) Putting it all Together
    • (Discussion 20) Writing the New Story
    • (Discussion 21) From the Probable to the Possible: Futures thinking and planning

Study & Action Partners

Each discussion topic of Study War No More features an introductory video offered by one of our “study and action partners” from around the world.  These partners are leading global thinkers, strategists, academics, advocates and activists who are developing components of an alternative global security system.

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