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Where the Evidence Leads: A Realistic Strategy for Peace and Human Security
Where the Evidence Leads: A Realistic Strategy for Peace and Human Security
By Robert C. Johansen
Oxford University Press, 2022, 440 pp.

In this ambitious and masterful study, Johansen advances a set of sweeping principles and strategies for peace-building and security in the twenty-first century. Driving the book is a sustained critique of realist-inspired U.S. foreign policy, which may have served U.S. interests during the Cold War but which is now completely incapable of grappling with today’s planetary threats and dangers. Johansen hopes for a paradigm shift in Washington’s global security strategy, one that recognizes that the United States must reckon with the declining utility of war, the rise of nonstate actors, the proliferation of transnational problems such as climate change, and the growth of world poverty and desolation. If this new vision is to take hold, activists and transnational social movements will need to lead the way. Johansen’s eloquent appeal for new thinking is inspired by cosmopolitanism and deep moral conviction, but his eye remains firmly fixed on how policymakers in the real world can shift their priorities to move the United States and the rest of the world closer to the realization of unifying human ideals.