Global Problems require Global Solutions. And momentum toward those Solutions will only come about from informed and engaged Global Citizens … people who want to learn about and take action on the world’s biggest challenges. We provide here a growing collection of resources for global citizen education.

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Peace & Justice

Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers

The World Bank Data Blog

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute

Peace Research Institute Oslo

"The War Prayer" by Mark Twain, 1905.

The Original Mother's Day Proclamation

VIDEO: Paul K. Chappell talks with Tavis Smiley, aired 4/6/12
Iraq War veteran, retired U.S. Army captain, peace activist and author of Peaceful Revolution describes being "pro-military, anti-war" and speculates on whether world peace is possible

On the Causes of War, by Michael M. Andregg, 1999, A review of this book can be found here.

 Intelligence Ethics, edited by Michael M. Andregg, published by the Center for the Study of Intelligence and Wisdom, 2007.

How "Wisdom" Differs from Intelligence and Knowledge in the Context of National Intelligence Systems, by Michael M. Andregg, for the Intelligence Studies section of the International Studies Association, Portland, OR, February 28, 2003.

The US Decision to Invade Iraq in March 2003, Chasing Phantom WMDs: How Human Intelligence was Used, Abused and Politicized to 'fix the facts around the policy,' presented by Michael M. Andregg, at the Fifth “Need to Know” Conference on “The Human Element in Intelligence,” 5-6 November, 2015, in Greifswald, Germany.

Why Fight?, An Essay on the Morality of Wars: When to Start Them, How to Fight Them, and When Not To, presented by Michael M. Andregg for the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, 2016 Ethics Symposium. Presented on April 20, 2016.

 

 

peacemakers of Minnesota video series

The Peacemakers of Minnesota Video Series is a collection of interviews of key individuals who have been part of the peace and justice movement in Minnesota for decades.  The project was conceived and interviews were conducted by Ehtasham Anwar (Pakistan), Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota Law School, Human Rights Center.  Videos were recorded by Suhail Ahmed (Pakistan), Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota Law School, Human Rights Center. The project was supervised by Dick Bernard, president (2005-07) of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers and then-vice-president of Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota.  

The following Minnesotans with a history of working for peace and justice were interviewed in May and June 2014. 

OVERVIEW

Mary Morris

MELVIN GILES

TOM WHITE

DICK BERNARD

LYNN ELLING

Dr. Joseph Schwartzberg

MARY ROSE GOETZ

Don Christensen

VETERANS FOR PEACE

COLLEEN ROWLEY

JOHN NOLTNER

Transforming the UN System

Joseph Schwartzberg, Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World (United Nations University Press, 2013).

Summary
Global problems require global solutions. However, the United Nations, as presently constituted, is incapable of addressing many global problems effectively. One nation–one vote decision-making in most UN agencies fails to reflect the distribution of power in the world at large, while the allocation of power in the Security Council is both unfair and anachronistic. Hence, nations are reluctant to endow the UN with the authority and the resources it needs. Extensive reform is essential.

“This contribution of Professor Schwartzberg will be an essential reference work for all those who are concerned with the future of a new United Nations.”  
- Boutros Boutros-Ghali, sixth UN Secretary-General 

This book is rooted in the proposition that the design of decision-making systems greatly affects their legitimacy and effectiveness. It proposes numerous systemic improvements, largely through weighted voting formulae that balance the needs of shareholders and stakeholders in diverse UN agencies. It indicates ways by which the interests of regions can supplement those of nations and by which the voices of non-governmental organizations and ordinary citizens can also be heard. In numerous contexts, it promotes meritocracy and gender equity.

The aim is not to create an unrealistic utopia, but rather to establish a workable world, a world in which the force of law supplants the law of force, a world committed to justice and continuous, yet sustainable, development. Given the many existential threats now confronting our planet, the time frame for decisive action is short. The task before us is daunting and success is not guaranteed. But, in view of the urgency of our situation, we must and can find ways of mustering the will, imagination and other resources to do the job.

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About the Author
Joseph E. Schwartzberg is Distinguished International Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota, and President, Minnesota Chapter, Citizens for Global Solutions.

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