My RECENT BOOKS

 
Political Minefields

Thousands of people around the world are maimed and killed by landmines and unexploded ammunition every year. In this travelogue through Iraq, Laos, Cambodia, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sudan, South Sudan and New York City, the author searches for solutions to the landmine crisis and emerging autonomous weapons. He tells stories of the deminers, paramilitaries, journalists, mercenaries, diplomats, aid workers, and campaigners in and among the minefields. It is a must-read for those working to alleviate the devastation of war. Foreword by 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate Jody Williams.

 
Imagining Disarmament

This book explores the global politics of disarmament through emerging international relations (IR) theories of discourse and imagination. Each chapter reflects on an aspect of contemporary activism on weapons through an analogous story from literary tradition, including 1001 Nights, Don Quixote, Lysistrata and The Tempest. The book draws on ethnographic fieldwork in communities affected by weapons and disarmament advocacy at the UN and calls for a re-enchantment of IR, alive to affect, ritual and myth. Foreword by Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), recipient of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

 
Global Activism and Humanitarian Disarmament

The humanitarian disarmament community—a loose coalition of activist and advocacy groups, humanitarian agencies and diplomats—have successfully achieved international treaties banning landmines, cluster munitions and nuclear weapons, as well as restricting the global arms trade. This edited volume showcases interdisciplinary research by scholars and practitioners seeking to understand the dynamics and impact of the new global activism on weapons. Foreword by 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Co-Laureate Jody Williams.

M.B. Bolton  

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