Geoff Tansey

A World Divided - militarism and development after the Cold War

The Future Control of FoodAlthough this book is now out of print, the issues it dealt with, sadly, are not over. Ours is not a developed world, but a divided one. Military spending is still massive. Vast amounts of human creativity still go into seeking ever better means of destruction.

The gap is still widening between rich and poor in many countries. The problems that face us are huge and the threat of military confrontation between the developed and developing worlds, and powers within different regions of the world, is an increasing risk.

That is why much of the analysis in this book is still worth reading. Since it is now out of print I have uploaded it, by chapter, here so that you can download those parts of interest.


1. A jungle full of snakes? Power, poverty and international security - Paul Rogers

2. Conflict and development: What kinds of policies can reduce the damaging impact of war - Frances Stewart and Ken Wilson

3. The development trap: Militarism, environmental degradation and poverty in the South - Nadir Abdel Latif Mohammed

4. Militarism, the UK economy and conversion policies in the North - Steve Schofield

5. Promoting real security - Implications for policy in the North - Ben Jackson

6. Conclusion: Prophets and practitioners - Geoff Tansey and Paul Rogers


Also available is a 4 page briefing produced based on the book




People and Resources

My fellow editor and contributor, Paul Rogers, for many years professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, works on trends in international conflict. He focuses on how socio-economic divisions and environmental constraints interact.   The politics of energy resource use and the impact of climate change on international security are particular interests. He writes regularly for Open Democracy. He also contributes to the work of the Oxford Research Group.

You can view here Paul's brief opening remarks to a roundtable on 'Time for system change: Food and beyond' in June 2011.

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The Oxford Research Group was an independent think-tank promoting the idea of sustainable approaches to security as an alternative to violent global confrontation. It produced original research, wide-ranging dialogue, and provided practical policy recommendations but ceased operations at the end of 2020.