Study War No More encourages learning, reflection, visioning and action toward the development of a “Global Security System: an Alternative to War.”
Developed, produced and maintained by World Beyond War in partnership with the Global Campaign for Peace Education, this discussion and action guide 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.
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
Required / Supporting Resources
Study War No More supports the study of World Beyond War’s landmark publication: A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (AGSS). Now in its third edition (2017), AGSS will be continually updated to reflect global changes and emergent thinking on approaches to peace and security. AGSS is a required resource for Study War No More. (Study War No More currently references both the 2016 and 2017 editions of AGSS.)
A Global Security System: An Alternative to War is available in several formats:
- A free online edition
- A free downloadable pdf
- Print edition: purchase via Amazon or Barnes and Noble ($16.99)
- The print edition can be bought in bulk for a discount here
In addition to AGSS, Study War No More highlights resources from several partners pursuing similar objectives to World Beyond War.
How is Study War No More structured?
Study War No More emphasizes consideration and assessment of alternative approaches to the present system of global security. Many will be surprised by the many efficacious nonviolent strategies currently employed in different contexts around the world. By exploring these alternatives learners are encouraged to formulate their own ideas on the most effective and ethically consistent strategies and institutions as the foundations of a global security system. This approach serves two vital purposes.
First, while there is significant research and experimentation on alternative approaches to security, we are far from having all the necessary knowledge to address the problematique of violence between and amongst nations and peoples. New thinking and knowledge must be developed if we are to overcome a culture of war. The more who participate in this collective inquiry the more likely we are to find appropriate solutions. Second, by encouraging learners to formulate their own solutions and map out systems for common security we are more likely to encourage political action to bring these systems into being. Citizen action is absolutely essential for the transformation of the present system.
Each lesson of Study War No More seeks to guide learners through three general inquiries[i]:
- What are the fundamental concepts that inform the approach under consideration?
- How might we evaluate the potential of the approach to assure common security?
- What actions can we take (as individuals or groups) to advance possibilities for change?
[i] These inquiries are adapted from “Teaching Peace: A Study Guide for THE CONQUEST OF WAR. Prepared by Betty A. Reardon and James F. Tierney
How to use Study War No More
While Study War No More is ideally pursued as a sequential inquiry, individual lessons can be used as a stand-alone guide for discussion and inquiry delving into specific topics. The questions and activities provided are offered to guide discussion in a flexible manner: feel free to pick and choose as well as adapt questions and activities to meet the needs of your group.
The lessons of Study War No More are divided into five conceptual sections. The number of lessons a class or study group may be able to pursue will vary. For those desiring a holistic inquiry we recommend exploring a minimum of one lesson from each section. The section on Foundations of an Alternative Global Security System includes several lessons focused on individual approaches, many of which could be combined into one session.
For those pursuing the full inquiry, the final section on Transitioning to an Alternative Global Security System will focus on activities supporting your group’s own design of an alternative global security system. We encourage you to share your designs using our online forums so others can learn from and build upon your experience.
Sections of Study War No More
- Why an Alternative Global Security System is Desirable and Necessary
- A Peace System is Possible
- Foundations of an Alternative Global Security System
- Building a Culture of Peace: Further Strategies and Possibilities
- Transitioning to an Alternative Global Security System
Finally, please note that each lesson includes a discussion forum linked to social media where you can share the outcomes of your discussion with others in World Beyond War’s network. We strongly encourage sharing the highlights of your discussion as well as any new questions that might arise. Your sharing will benefit other study groups and will help us to improve the study guide for the future.