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Swords And Ploughshares: Bringing Peace to the 21st Century Hardcover – 17 May 2007

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (17 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0297853031
  • ISBN-13: 978-0297853039
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Few people are better qualified to write about muscular international intervention than muscular Paddy Ashdown... so his book... has plenty to recommend it. (THE ECONOMIST)

What makes Ashdown attractive is his down-to-earth approach, his independence and his frankness. (Adam Roberts THE INDEPENDENT)

plainly written... He says it is not a primer, but it will rightly be taken as one... many sensible arguments. (Martin Woollacott THE GUARDIAN)

Ashdown is the best qualified person to tackle the question of whether intervention is justified and if so how it can succeed. (Richard Beeston THE SPECTATOR)

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How to convert military victory into lasting peace, not endless guerrilla war

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Format: Hardcover
A fascinating book by someone with a great deal of experience. It should be compulsory reading for all the politicians and diplomats currently making policy. At times it is quite heavy for the lay reader like me, but it certainly makes you think about the problems that begin when a military conflict ends. You wonder why people like Mr Ashdown weren't listened to when it was decided to go into Afghanistan and Iraq! I hope this book will make people on both sides of the Atlantic think about the way forward and the consequences of what appears quick and easy military action.

A must buy for those interested in international relations and policy makers.
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Format: Paperback
In this book Ashdown looks at some of the problems, issues and political challenges for post - conflict regions.

From his experience as working as a High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegivina, he immediately has some credibility. Some of his points are very simple but very relevant such as his argument that rogue leaders often fear international criminal courts more than wars. It would much more sense if we gave these courts more gravitas and get the despots on trial rather than accept policies that entail colateral damage and all sorts of civilian misery. Please take note US administration.

He also stresses the importance of understanding other cultures. He makes the point, the Muslim religion has a sense democracy in it. Every Imam is elected. These means the Imans and Mullahs must be listened to, if one wishes to guage public opinion. There's undertones as well as some much needed political sense here. We need to understand the Muslim world and culture of Islam.

I think this would be a good book for anyone studying or working in foreign policy. My only critism would be is that, the abudance of facts and detailed diplomatic speak can make it a bit dry to read at times.
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Paddy Ashdown has been at the face of international conflict for over 50 years as a soldier and diplomat. In this book he addresses the problems that are faced in rebuilding a nation after civil or international war in a direct understandable way. There are many factors at play in any conflict and Paddy has managed to lead with examples and constructive thoughts instead of being bogged down by irrelevant information or hiding behind confusing statements that fail to address the real issues. This book is exciting and easy to read and should be compulsory for all members of government across the globe.
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Format: Paperback
Achieves the unusual feat of being both a page-turner and a highly practical guide. Plenty of good stories, each with point. Depth of thought combined with breadth of experience.

A high priority read for anyone engaged in tackling wars and making peace.
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Most interesting and thought-provoking read.
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