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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Mauritania child maids ignite social debate
November 21, 2014 - 11:00am EST
I’ll preface this blog by saying that I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the Global Slavery Index 2014 was released recently and reports that there are close to 36 million modern day slaves in the world, roughly 0.5% of the world’s total population. Startlingly, these numbers are a significant increase to previous estimates, due to what the report calls “improved accuracy and precision of measures,” and [...] Read More
Chinese ship attacking a Vietnamese ship (Photo courtesy of CNN)
November 19, 2014 - 4:00pm EST
Marked with glamour and excitement, China’s capital Beijing has not held such a monumental event since hosting the 2008 Olympics. World leaders and foreign dignitaries recently attended the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to discuss trade agreements and increase regional cooperation. Although many agreements were reached between countries, the summit was marked with high tension due to China’s aggressive [...] Read More
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew
November 18, 2014 - 12:00pm EST
This Letter to the Editor was published in The Washington Post on November 14, 2014. In his Nov. 9 op-ed, “What the World Bank won’t utter,” Philip Alston made the case for the World Bank to support human rights, but he ignored the role that protecting human rights (and addressing global poverty) plays in ensuring the security of all nations. Too many nations, including the United States, resist enforcing human rights [...] Read More