Warning – Human Security in Peril – Op-ed

Tuesday, July 14, 2009



It’s that time again!

World Policy Journal, where I took over last year as the fourth Editor in its 25 year history, has just published its amazing Summer issue:

“WARNING: Human Security in Peril”

Full html version of this op-ed Press Release

/PRAvenueNW/ — Pitched battles between the forces of democracy and autocracy in the streets of Iran highlight only the latest and most visible threats faced by a billion or more of the world’s citizens each day. A range of other challenges leaves vast populations without food or water, prey to the global economic meltdown, suffocating from worsening pollution, pressed into slavery, or worse.

At the same time, the international community is failing entire populations in conflict AFGHAN PICTUREzones such as Afghanistan or in post-conflict scenarios on every continent. World Policy Journal writers examine the human impact of bad choices and worse decisions–cautionary tales as President Obama and other world leaders pick their way through a succession of diplomatic, social, and developmental minefields.

In our summer issue, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus offers a new model for capitalism in a time of crisis, while Maurice Strong, who as secretary-general of the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment launched the global environmental movement, explores the realities of climate change from his post in Beijing. Other writers in the summer issue offer an inside look at just why Japan’s sun may never rise again, how Germany’s left-wing may prove to be the new strength of a united Europe, the trials of rebuilding Liberia as a democratic model in Africa, and the battle to stamp out slavery around the world.

And in my own column, CODA: Who Monitors the Monitors?, I examine the end games of global conflicts and why it’s so difficult to say “goodbye.”

All articles in our Summer issue of WPJ, including links to PDFs of their full texts are available by clicking on the right side of our homepage at WorldPolicy.org, where they will be free for the next month.

Interviews, or speaking engagements for authors or myself (!) can be arranged upon request.

Subscriptions may be purchased here for World Policy Journal. You’ll also receive a free copy of the remarkable documentary, The Devil Came on Horseback, about the crisis in Darfur. But DO take this opportunity to subscribe now.

Keep reading (below) and you’ll find some other exciting writing and appearances for World Policy Journal and my book, which many of you know, A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today. Last month it was published in Albanian, and editions in Hungarian and Greek are coming this Fall, with Arabic and Chinese in the works!


NYT Sunday Book Review



By Norman Stone

By Illustrated. 226 pp. Basic Books. $25

Nearly a half-century ago, the remarkable Oxford historian A. J. P. Taylor published a brief but dazzling study, “The First World War,” which dealt with horrors that remain deeply relevant today. The book has gone through several printings, but with the opening of a host of new archives, it is probably time to update that masterpiece of condensation.

Here, now, is Norman Stone, a distinguished military historian, attempting his own condensation. Stone first established his reputation with “The Eastern Front 1914-1917,” which, three decades after its publication, remains the authoritative work on the subject. In “World War One: A Short History,” he examines the broad canvas of the war, taking us from 1914 through 1918. He describes, often quite vividly, the armies of the Central Powers and the Allies as they slog across the fields of Flanders and northern France, through the morass of the Balkans, across rivers and over mountains in Central Europe, chewing up farms and villages, not to mention millions of lives, in the process.

David A. Andelman is the editor of World Policy Journal. His latest book is “A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today.”


ABC Radio National / Australia

The Paris Peace Conference 1919

The Paris Peace Conference of 1919, held just months after the end of WW1, gathered together the leaders of the world. Their task: to redraw the world map and create a peace that would last forever. While it clearly failed in its second task, 90 years on we still live in a world created at that conference. Rear Vision re-examines the Paris Conference and the Treaty of Versailles.


David A. Andelman

Editor of World Policy Journal, former correspondent for The New York Times and author of A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today.

Margaret Macmillan

Professor of International History at the University of Oxford and the Warden of St Antony’s College.




GCLS logo


World Policy Journal will, for a second year, be the media co-sponsor along with the Financial Times of the Global Creative Leadership Summit, organized and run by Louise Blouin MacBain.

Now in its fourth year, the GCLS is a three-day think tank and discussion forum aimed at addressing the challenges and the opportunities that confront us in our era of globalization.

LOCATION: Metropolitan Club, New York City

SCHEDULE: September 23-25, 2009