What Is at Stake Now
My Appeal for Peace and Freedom
1. Edition September 2021
140 Pages, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
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Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, world peace is at risk again. The United States has withdrawn from the disarmament treaty with Russia, Europe is disintegrating, China is surging forward and a wave of nationalism and populism is destabilizing established political institutions and endangering hard-won liberties. Moreover, the coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp relief the fragility of the global order and the speed with which it can slide into chaos.
In view of this dangerous and unpredictable state of affairs, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last great statesman of the 1989 revolution, has written this short book to warn us of the grave risks we now face and to urge us all, political leaders and citizens alike, to take action to address them. He focuses on the big challenges of our time, such as the renewal of the arms race and the growing risks of nuclear war, the new tension between Russia and the West, the global environmental crisis, the global threat of diseases and epidemics, the rise of populism and the decline of democracy. He argues that self-serving policies and narrow-minded politics aimed at the pursuit of national interests are taking the place of political principles and overshadowing the vision of a free and just world for all peoples. He offers his view of where Russia is heading and he urges political leaders in the West to recognize that re-establishing trust between Russia and the West requires the courage of true leadership and a commitment to genuine dialogue and understanding on both sides.
Now more than ever, the responses to the great challenges we face cannot be purely national in character but must be based on a collaborative effort in which political leaders put aside their differences and work together to advance the human security of all.
Our shared security
The militarization of world politics
Equal security for all: The Charter of Paris
Break the vicious cycle!
We must act together
Understanding the global world
Who benefits from globalization?
The environmental challenge
The Earth Charter
Ideas and politics
The wave of populism and decline of democracy
Can politics and morals be reconciled?
Who's who in the global world?
The USA: Monopoly leadership or partnership?
Europe: Our continent, our home
China and India: The new giants
The Middle East: Tense hub of world politics
The rollback of democracy
The responsibility of the media
Civil society and international organizations
The new Russia
Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary of the United Kingdom
"Mikhail Gorbachev has written this book to warn us of the grave risks we now face and to urge us all, political leaders and citizens alike, to take action to address them. This succinct account of the immense challenges we now face by one of the world's greatest statesmen will be of interest to everyone concerned about the current state of the world and its future."
George P. Shultz, former Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury of the United States
"This is a book that should be read and pondered by every concerned citizen. The shock of pandemic has exposed fundamental flaws in the international system that developed following the end of the Cold War. We must demand that our political leaders heed Mikhail Gorbachev's impassioned plea for an end to militarized geopolitical competition in favour of cooperative policies that promote security for all nations."
Jack F. Matlock, Jr., author of Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended
"This timely book, strongly urging re-affirmation of morality in global relations, is of value out of all proportion to its 120 pages."
Rev. Brian Cooper, Vice President, Uniting for Peace