Book Cover

The Peacekeeping Economy by Lloyd J Dumas

LJ Dumas book is about Using Economic Relationships to Build a More Peaceful, Prosperous, and Secure World



Listen to interviews, read reviews, and more

"The unintended trilogy"

For all of my professional life, I have been deeply concerned about the extent to which the United States has embraced military force as the guarantor of the nation's security and that of the wider world . . .. So in the mid-1980s, I wrote The Overburdened Economy (University of California Press, 1986), the first book in what was to become an unintended trilogy on the multiple connections between security, the economy and the primacy accorded to military force.

. . . The second book in the trilogy (an updated version, published by Praeger in 2010), The Technology Trap . . . argued that our innate fallibility as human beings made it impossible for us to design, build, operate, and maintain extremely dangerous technologies—most especially nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction—with any real assurance that nothing would go catastrophically wrong, by accident or by intention. Rather than making us more secure, our own arsenals of weapons of mass destruction had come to threaten us.

. . . This book, The Peacekeeping Economy, is the capstone of the trilogy I did not realize I was writing. For if we are to reject high levels of military spending on the grounds that they seriously injure the economy, and accept that accumulating massive military force can endanger rather than protect us, then what are we to do to achieve the security we value so highly?

. . . There are enormous benefits to be had and dangers to be avoided by considering that there may be a better way to achieve security. I offer the peacekeeping economy as one serious and practical attempt at finding that way.

Read the entire unintended trilogy: Trilogy


Lloyd J. Dumas is a Professor of Political Economy, Economics, and Public Policy
in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
at the University of Texas at Dallas.



Part One: A New Paradigm for Achieving National and International Security

  1   The Hopeful Science
  2   Laying the Foundations
  3   The Core Principles of Economic Peacekeeping
  4   Making It Happen: Building a Peacekeeping Economy in the Real World
  5   Making It Stronger: Organizations and Institutions
  6   Does Globalization Contribute to Economic Peacekeeping?

Part Two: The Economics of Demilitarized Security

  7   The Economic Promise of Demilitarized Security
  8   Removing Barriers to Demilitarized Security: Managing the Transition
  9   Extending Demilitarized Security: Economic Peacekeeping and Nonviolent Action

Part Three: The Peacekeeping Economy

  10   Bringing It all Together: Toward a More Prosperous and Secure World


The Peacekeeping Economy is a vital book at a critical time, and a must read for policy- and decision-makers everywhere. ...It is brilliantly reasoned, passionately written, and definitive.

Burns H. Weston
Bessie Dutton Murray Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus and
Senior Scholar, Center for Human Rights, The University of Iowa


Lloyd Dumas brings both learned optimism and pragmatic historical realism to The Peacekeeping Economy.
This book should be required reading for political and multinational
business leaders concerned with reducing the threats of war, terrorism, poverty,
defense, and arms control of weapons of mass destruction.

Clark C. Abt
Professor of Energy and Sustainable International Development,
Brandeis University, and Distinguished Professor of Management, Cambridge College
Founder of Abt Associates


Lloyd J. Dumas's The Peacekeeping Economy is a thought-provoking,
original proposal for realizing the old dream of peace through globalization.

Clyde Prestowitz
President, Economic Strategy Institute
Author of The Betrayal of American Prosperity
and Three Billion New Capitalists

Obtain the book

  At your local library
  Purchase it directly from the publisher, Yale University Press
  Purchase it from an online bookseller, such as     Amazon   Google Books   Books A Million   Barnes and Noble

Valid XHTML 1.0 Strict Web colors courtesy of Petr Stanicek,