Global Democracy & Governance

How might the people of our world work with one another to govern ourselves more effectively on a global level? Are there alternatives to current practices that result in war, extreme poverty, and the unchecked power and influence of wealthy transnational corporations?

We envision and advocate for enhanced global governance, including stages toward an eventual united federation of nations. Certain institutional innovations inside and outside the United Nations could in the meantime help avert armed conflict, finance environmental restoration, and empower civil society’s voice in global decision-making.

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Rohingya Refugees in Indonesia. Courtesy of NPR (Reuters/Landov)
By Hiram Helfman | May 29, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
Democracy is a process of becoming, of trying to create the more perfect union, and this is definitely true for Burma (also known as Myanmar). Right now, Burma has weak, rudimentary democratic institutions that are seeking to gain strength. Burma’s military only allowed transition to democratic rule starting in 2010. The nation continues to suffer the scars of the Colonial Era from when it was owned by the British Indian [...] Read More
By Don Kraus | May 20, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
We live in narrow times—a  time of Mitzrayim.* On one side, violence spreads like cancer. ISIL, Ukraine, Sudan, DRC, and too much more. Some of the violence is old. Some is new. But it eats at the slow-growing embryo of our oneness. On the other side, the climate that sustains humanity is in slow-motion collapse. Melting Arctic ice packs slow the Gulf Stream; destabilization of Antarctic glaciers adds to rising sea [...] Read More
Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, and the Iranian delegation at nuclear talks in Switzerland
By Jack Pearce | May 04, 2015 - 10:00am EDT
The drama over a nuclear control deal with Iran displays the United States as a global visionary. We seek to bring a proud, powerful, and estranged nation back into the wider global community. At the same time, we would reduce the risks of nuclear war by imposing tight controls on bomb-making technologies. Some allies are horrified. Many conservative legislators are rebellious. Some intelligent commentators seem so mired [...] Read More