Terror War Diverting Attention From Roots of Insecurity

Worldwatch Institute's annual 'State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security'urges global foreign policymakers to adopt a policy of preventive engagement to foster a renewed spirit of international cooperation.

Published: 14-Jan-2005

The Bush administration's "war on terrorism" has diverted the world's attention from the deeper roots of global insecurity, according to the latest edition of http://www.worldwatch.org/ Worldwatch Institute's annual 'State of the World' report, which calls poverty, disease and environmental decline the "true axis of evil".

'State of the World 2005: Redefining Global Security', which will be translated into some two dozen languages, urges global foreign policymakers to adopt what former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev calls in the book's forward "a policy of preventive engagement" to address these challenges, in part to foster a renewed spirit of international cooperation.

"Unless these threats are recognised and responded to, the world runs the risk of being blindsided by the new forces of instability, just as the United States was surprised by the terrorist attacks of September 11 (2001)," said Worldwatch president Christopher Flavin at the book's launch here Wednesday.

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