Paradigm, May 2011. During his presidential campaign Barack Obama repeatedly criticized the Bush administration’s policy of invading and occupying Iraq, but he was equally firm in declaring his support for the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan. In his widely quoted speech at a Chicago antiwar rally, Obama declared, “I’m not opposed to all wars. I am opposed to dumb wars.” It was thus no surprise that President Obama expanded the U.S. military commitment in March and then again in December 2009. And now, smart or not, Afghanistan is Obama’s war. More >>
Routledge, IISS, April 2010. This book places the current debate over nuclear abolition in the context of urgent non-proliferation priorities and the need to prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of extremist regimes and terrorists. It examines the reasons why more than two dozen states have given up nuclear programs over the years and distills lessons from the end of the Cold War to offer policy recommendations for moving toward lessened global reliance on nuclear weapons. More >>
Paradigm, 2009. In the second edition of this popular book, a new prologue and concluding chapter situate the message of nonviolence in recent events and document the effectiveness of nonviolent methods of political change. Cortright’s poignant “Letter to a Palestinian Student” points toward a radical new strategy for achieving justice and peace in the Middle East. This book offers pathways of hope not only for the United States but for the world. More >>
Cambridge University Press, 2008. David Cortright offers a definitive history of the human striving for peace and an analysis of its religious and intellectual roots. He traces the rise of peace advocacy and internationalism, the pacifist campaigns of the 1930s, the Vietnam antiwar movement, and the waves of disarmament activism that peaked in the 1980s. Peacebrings the story up-to-date by examining opposition to the Iraq War and responses to the so-called “war on terror.” More >>
MIT Press, 2007.Edited by David Cortright and George A. Lopez, this book argues that defeating the global terrorist threat requires engaging international financial, diplomatic, intelligence, and defense communities and law enforcement organizations in an atmosphere of cooperation. It examines cooperative diplomatic and economic policies to address the changing face of terrorism and the global al-Qaida threat, differentiates between protective measures and long-term preventive policies, and makes recommendations for effective cooperative nonmilitary strategies. More >>
Haymarket Books, 2005. An account of the rebellion among U.S. soldiers opposed to the Vietnam war. Originally published in 1975, the book now includes a chapter that examines the enduring imprint of this period on the U.S. military and the lessons this era holds for the U.S. occupation in Iraq. More >>