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This book, by an astute non-European observer, uses this unprecedented, extraordinary experience as the centrepiece of a carefully crafted theory on the construction and maintenance of peace and prosperity on a global scale. It is my hope that Peace Beyond Borders will be used by many non-Europeans as a source of inspiration as they attempt to carve out long-lasting peace in other parts of the world. - José Ramos-Horta, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1996, Former President of Timor-Listé.

Too often the case in Britain for our membership of the EU is made in the narrow economic terms of what's good for business and good for jobs. Mehta’s excellent book is refreshingly different. It is about how the EU should be a force for peace and good in our troubled world. - Lord Roger Liddle – Special Advisor on European Matters and Author of The Europe Dilemma, UK.

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Vijay Mehta’s book Peace Beyond Borders is an important contribution to the urgent and ongoing debate on Europe’s future. The book gives hope by acknowledging the Unions difficulties but suggesting new ways in which Europe can overcome these by adopting a new, de-militarized strategic approach to expansion, internal migration and refugee crisis. Mehta’s book is a must read for all those citizens wishing to find ways to end wars, demilitarize both Europe and our World, and build peace as a necessary base for the prosperity of all the human family. - Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 1976, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In the last decades, because of a lack of leadership and an extreme neoliberal influence, the progress of a truly European Union has been strongly reduced. There is no political and economic union – only monetary – and no common foreign policy, including the role of NATO in security. This book can contribute to substantially decrease this risk and pave the way for a more equitable and peaceful world. - Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Former Director-General UNESCO, Madrid, Spain.

I do wish that Mehta’s book will be highly successful as I fully agree with the direction of his thoughts as laid out. - Prof. Dr. Jürgen Elvert, Jean-Monnet Chair of European History, Denmark.

How did the world’s most warlike continent become its most peaceful one? Europe is usually in the news for the wrong reasons. Economic crises, terrorist attacks, votes to leave, and allegations that some countries are too powerful, all give the impression of a continent in a mess. Yet Europe has never been a safer or more prosperous place. Since 1945, the wars between neighbours that were once an annual event in Western Europe no longer seem possible.

Mehta dismisses the usual explanation for this; that the United States acts as a sort of military referee, through NATO, preventing Spain from invading Gibraltar or the Walloons and Flemish fighting a civil war over Belgium.

Rather, Mehta argues that the process of political integration through the European Union has eliminated the reasons for conflict, and that this same model can be exported to Africa, The Americas, Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East and North Africa region, providing a promising glimpse of world peace.

About the Author:

Vijay Mehta is an author and peace activist. He is Chair of Uniting for Peace and founding Trustee of Fortune Forum Charity. His books include, United Nations and its Future in the 21st Century (2005), Arms No More (2005), The Fortune Forum Code: For a Sustainable Future (2006) and The Economics of Killing (2012). The Sunday Times described him as a ‘longstanding activist for peace, development, human rights and the environment, who along with his daughter Renu Mehta has set a precedent for striving to change the world’ (The Sunday Times, February 01, 2009).

ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-376-2
Publication date: June 2016
Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 216mm x 138mm
Page extent: 220

Date added: November 29, 2016

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