WFI’s methods are dialogue and research. WFI is a program of the World Federalist Association, now known as Citizens for Global Solutions Education Fund. WFI’s Chair serves ex-officio as a member of the CGSEF Board of Directors. The Institute promotes debate, discussion, and the sharing of innovative ideas on the principles of federalism and their applicability to contemporary and long-range global governance challenges.
Education to Achieve Understanding
We aim to advance education and understanding about a federal government for the world and steps towards it. Such a world government would deal with global problems while national governments handle national concerns, much as in the U.S. the federal government undertakes national solutions while the states resolve state problems.
The World Federalist Institute (WFI)
The Institute continues the study of world federalism in addressing contemporary policy challenges in global governance that Citizens for Global Solutions’ predecessor organizations has pioneered for decades. Through its select body of Fellows, the Institute demonstrates how various changes in the structures of international organizations can empower the UN to more adequately protect human rights and prevent war between countries and also within countries.
It also shows how the world community can combat extreme poverty and slow climate change by taking binding decisions at the local level as one does with nations. As world federalists WFI advocates institutions and practices tending toward democratic global governance within the United Nations and other global bodies, with the support of networks of civil society organizations.
Fellows and Events
The Institute’s fellows explore contemporary and anticipated developments in global governance during the coming decades. They offer structural recommendations in each of Citizens for Global Solutions’ program areas: preventing war plus promoting law and justice, human rights, and the United Nations system. In addition to ongoing semi-formal conversations on U.S. foreign policy and the applicability of federalism in global governance, the Institute presents advisory proposals to CGS’ Boards.
The Institute hosts open discussion panels and workshops at CGS’s annual forums. Topics include the viability of weighted voting proposals, Southern perspectives on global issues, development of the ICC and enforcement norms, and how to apply the universally accepted “Responsibility to Protect” principle to specific situations such as that in Syria.