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Global Activism and Humanitarian Disarmament

Editors: Bolton, Matthew, Njeri, Sarah, Benjamin-Britton, Taylor (Eds.)

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  • Provides the first comprehensive academic examination of the humanitarian disarmament sector
  • Shows how advocacy organizations and small states can influence the international political agenda on security issues
  • Offers insight into how certain weapons become banned and stigmatized and others do not
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This book analyses the politics of the humanitarian disarmament community—a loose coalition of activist and advocacy groups, humanitarian agencies and diplomats—who have successfully achieved international treaties banning landmines, cluster munitions and nuclear weapons, as well as restricting the global arms trade. Two campaigns have won Nobel Peace Prizes. Disarmament has long been a dirty word in the international relations lexicon. But the success of the humanitarian disarmament agenda shows that people often choose to prohibit or limit certain violent technologies, for reasons of security, honour, ethics or humanitarianism. This edited volume showcases interdisciplinary research by scholars and practitioners seeking to understand the dynamics and impact of the new global activism on weapons. While some raise concerns that humanitarian disarmament may be piecemeal and depoliticizing, others see opportunities to breathe new life into moribund arms control policymaking. Foreword by 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Jody Williams.

About the authors

Matthew Breay Bolton is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Disarmament Institute at Pace University, USA.
Sarah Njeri is Research Associate at King’s College London’s African Leadership Centre, UK.  
Taylor Benjamin-Britton has taught courses in international relations and international organization in the Department of Political Science at Temple University, as well as the Department of International Relations at Lehigh University, USA. 

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“A convincing and state-of-the-art narrative of the growing importance of humanitarian disarmament and mobilization of civil society in security and arms control, especially as it relates to restricting weapons, those with a disproportionate effect on civilians. This book explores several recent seminal civil society movements that help achieve historic limitations and prohibitions on widely used and stockpiled weapons. In doing so, it provides essential reading to all those involved in international relations and humanitarian disarmament.” (Kenneth R. Rutherford, Professor, Department of Political Science and Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery, James Madison University, USA)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • The Humanitarian Disarmament Movement: An Assessment and Review

    Pages 1-24

    Benjamin-Britton, Taylor (et al.)

  • When Scientists Become Activists: The International Committee for Robot Arms Control and the Politics of Killer Robots

    Pages 27-58

    Bolton, Matthew Breay (et al.)

  • The Agency of International Humanitarian Disarmament Law: The Case of Advocacy for Positive Obligations in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

    Pages 59-101

    Bolton, Matthew Breay (et al.)

  • Religious Advocacy and Activism for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

    Pages 103-138

    Welty, Emily

  • US Arms Control Dynamics in the Era of Humanitarian Disarmament: A Case Study of the Convention on Cluster Munitions

    Pages 141-168

    Benjamin-Britton, Taylor

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27611-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27610-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Global Activism and Humanitarian Disarmament
Editors
  • Matthew Bolton
  • Sarah Njeri
  • Taylor Benjamin-Britton
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27611-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27611-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27610-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 272
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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