Is international terrorism really the single greatest threat to world security?Since the 9/11 attacks, many Western governments assume terrorism to be the greatest threat we face. In response, their dangerous policies attempt to maintain control and keep the status quo by using overwhelming military force. This important book shows why this approach has been such a failure, and how it distracts us from other, much greater, threats of climate change, competition over resources, marginalisation of the majority of the world and global militarisation.Unless urgent, coordinated action is taken in the next 5-10 years on all these issues it will be almost imossible to avoid the earth becoming a highly unstable place by the middle years of this century. Beyond Terror offers an alternative path for politicians, journalists and concerned citizens alike.
Chris Abbott is the Programme Coordinator and Researcher at Oxford Research Group responsible for its sustainable security project. Paul Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University, the author of 20 highly respected books, and a regular commentator on global security issues both nationally and internationally (eg. on www.opendemocracy.net). John Sloboda is Executive Director of the NGO, Oxford Research Group, as well as Professor of Psychology in the School of International Relations, Politics and the Environment at Keele. He is also co-founder of the Iraq Body Count project, and Fellow of the British Academy. (www.oxfordresearchgroup.org.uk)