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INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY, 2015

September 18, 2015

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"We need to be aroused to our duty and banish war."
---Andrew Carnegie, welcoming speech at the inaugural meeting of the Church Peace Union (now Carnegie Council), February 10, 1914.

Toward the end of his life, Andrew Carnegie campaigned ceaselessly to put an end to war. The Church Peace Union was his last philanthropic venture. Continuing Andrew Carnegie's mission, the Council presents this selection of resources on the struggle for peace. 


IS WORLD PEACE POSSIBLE?

Thought Leaders Forum
Devin Stewart, Carnegie Council
Thought Leaders Michael Walzer, Bineta Diop, Rebecca MacKinnon, Thomas Pogge, Gillian Tett, Ethan Zuckerman, Carne Ross, Jay Winter, Peter Morales, Kishore Mahbubani, and Nancy Birdsall give their views on whether world peace is possible. (2014 Centennial interview series)

Ethics & International Affairs Centennial Roundtable: Reflections on International Peace
Contributions from David C. Hendrickson, Akira Iriye, Laura Sjoberg, Nigel Young, and Andrew Hurrell. (Summer 2013 issue, Ethics & International Affairs journal)

Is the World Becoming More Peaceful?
Robert D. Kaplan, Stratfor, Steven Pinker, Harvard University  
In this vigorous discussion, two leading thinkers in global affairs take on the subject of world peace, a core interest of Carnegie Council. (September 2012, transcript, audio, video, and TV show)

Peace: What is it Good for?
Joel Rosenthal, Carnegie Council
Andrew Carnegie was ahead of his time. He alone had the vision and resources to invest in the first global institution devoted to the pursuit of peace. He questioned the essence of imperial Great Power politics and offered an alternate future. Carnegie raised our expectations—and this, in the end, is his most enduring peace legacy. (September 2012, speech transcript)


NOT REVENGE BUT RECONCILIATION

Talking Peace in Person
Peter Singer, Journalist
Middle East peace talks have stalled. The 2014 war in Gaza caused the deaths of more than 2,000 people. Yet a group of 600 Palestinians and Israelis who have lost family members during seven decades of conflict have turned their backs on thoughts of revenge, and campaign for reconciliation. Peter Singer spoke to some of them. (September 2015, Carnegie Ethics Online article)

I Shall Not Hate: A Gaza Doctor's Journey on the Road to Peace and Human Dignity
Izzeldin Abuelaish, Doctor and Author
Born in a Palestinian refugee camp, Dr. Abuelaish has devoted his life to medicine and to reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, even though his three daughters and a niece were killed by Israeli shelling. His personal doctrine is that hate is the wrong response to war. We need communication, compassion, and understanding. (March 2011, Public Affairs Program, transcript, audio, video, and TV show)


PEACE THROUGH JUSTICE

Examining the Potential for an American Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Bennett Collins and Alison M. S. Watson, University of St Andrews, Scotland 
The deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner catalyzed discussions nationwide over race relations in the United States. Surely it's time for some kind of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). But how would it work? This essay examines other TRCs—including two in the United States—and proposes a solution tailored to fit America in all its diversity. (February 2015, Carnegie Ethics Online article)

A Conversation with Luis Moreno-Ocampo
Luis Moreno-Ocampo, First Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC); Eddie Mandhry, Carnegie New Leaders
What are the challenges facing the International Criminal Court? How can it be more effective? Former ICC prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo explains. (March 2014, Carnegie New Leaders, transcript and audio)


NONVIOLENCE AND CIVIL RESISTANCE   

Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the World
Srdja Popovic, Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS); Tina Rosenberg, The New York Times
In the late 1990s, using humor, irony, and imagination, Popovic and his friends toppled Serbian dictator Milošević. They went on to found CANVAS, which now advises activists in more than 15 countries. Popovic explains that nonviolent struggle is a teachable skill, and that nonviolence is not only the most ethical, but the most successful path to revolution. (April 2015, Public Affairs Program, transcript, audio, and video)

Civil Resistance and Power Politics: The Experience of Non-violent Action from Gandhi to the Present
Adam Roberts, Oxford University
Should civil resistance be seen as potentially replacing violence completely, or as a phenomenon that operates in conjunction with, and as a modification of, power politics? (November 2009, Public Affairs Program, transcript, audio, and video)

Ethics on Film: Discussion of "Gandhi"
Alex Woodson, Carnegie Council
This film is a textbook on Gandhi's political philosophy and the Indian quest for statehood. And for many, Ben Kingsley's performance in the title role, which won him an Oscar and worldwide fame, is THE definitive portrayal of the man. (August 2015, Ethics on Film article)