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alex j bellamy

Author on peace and war

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Alex J. Bellamy is an award-winning writer on war and peace and Professor of Peace & Conflict Studies at The University of Queensland, in Brisbane, Australia.

Alex is Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, based in Queensland, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, Member, of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum Advisory Board on Transatlantic Cooperation for Atrocity Prevention. He is a senior Fellow in the Canadian Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, and has been a visiting fellow - several times - at the University of Oxford.  He has been a Non-Resident Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute in New York (2011-2019) and Consultant for the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect.

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World Peace (And How We Can Achieve It)

Oxford University Press, 2019

For as long as there has been war, there have been demands for its elimination. The quest for world peace has excited and eluded, political leaders, philosophers, religious elders, activists, and artists for millennia. With war on the rise once again, we rarely reflect nowadays on what world peace might look like; much less on how it might be achieved.

This book changes all that and shows that world peace is possible. War is an increasingly anachronistic practice, more likely to impoverish and harm than satisfy and protect. We already have many of the institutions and practices needed to make peace possible & sets out an agenda for building world peace. But peace will only happen, if individuals organise to make it happen.

"Alex Bellamy...makes the best-sustained argument for word peace since Immanuel Kant's Perpetual Peace (1795)"

- Times Higher Education Supplement

"However utopian the idea of world peace seems, the effort to achieve it must Alex Bellamy has done a great service in curating debate and suggestions to this end, and deserves our applause." - A. C. Grayling

"Mr. Bellamy's new book --like his life's work-- champions the essential and attainable seachange required of our world for a future where all humans are valued equally, where conflict is preventable, and peace is more than our shared goal, it is our default."

Lt Gen Roméo Dallaire

"Heroically aspirational and wildly ambitious as Alex Bellamy's book may appear at first sight, it is full of measured and thoughtful analysis of the causes of both war and peace, and timely prescriptions for policymakers as to what they should - and can - do to minimize the risk of future catastrophic conflict." Gareth Evans, former Foreign Minister of Australia and President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group

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