It Can Happen Here: Assessing the Risk of Genocide in the US (2017)
James E. Waller

Could a long, slow attrition of civil and human rights bring our country [the United States] again to the point where genocide – at home or abroad – stands justified as sound political, social, national, and economic strategy? If so, could we recognize the warning signs in that process and have the collective resolve to resist and mitigate them? The purpose of this paper is to offer a sober real-time analysis of those warning signs and assess the degree of risk for genocide in the US.

Published 24 February 2017

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Civil Society, Peace and Power (2016)
Edited by David Cortright, Melanie Greenberg & Laurel Stone  

This book provides insights about the expanding role of civil society in building sustainable peace. The focus is on multi-stakeholder, systems-based approaches to peacebuilding and human security that involves diverse civil society groups, government agencies, intergovernmental organisations, and security forces. A number of the case studies provide a gender perspective on peacebuilding and civil society issues, voicing and giving attention to women’s perspectives without being focused only on gender issues. Authors from the Global South also offer the perspectives of those directly immersed in ongoing struggles for justice and peace.

This book arose out of collaboration between the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the Alliance for Peacebuilding (AFP) and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

Published 18 October 2016


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Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance (2015)
Report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance

Humanity today faces a growing range of global problems that require urgent attention. The independent Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance published a report that provides targeted reforms that transcend national borders, and reach out to diverse stakeholders, including business groups, mayors, civil society, and local communities and cities. The report aims to reform the UN and other global governance institutions to better address new global challenges posed by conflict affected states, climate change, and the hyperconnected global economy.

The Report of the Commission on Global Security, Justice & Governance is supported by The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Stimson Center.

Published 16 June 2015

Governing and Managing Change at the United Nations: Reform of the Security Council from 1945 to September 2013 (2013)
Lydia Swart & Jonas von Freiesleben

This publication of the Center for UN Reform Education follows the highly praised 2008 publication Managing Change at the United Nations which described UN negotiations on 5 key UN reform processes, all of which were key elements of the 2005 World Summit, the largest gathering of Heads of States and Governments ever. 

All of the 2005 summit issues were negotiated in mostly closed meetings. Additionally, almost all of the follow-up negotiations on major decisions from the 2005 Outcome Document required extensive further negotiations, which were also conducted in mostly closed forums. In publishing this update, the Center provides a unique and competent historical record of a major UN reform negotiation. 

Published September 2013

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A Global Security System: An Alternative to War (2018-2019 Edition)
Tony Jenkins

The 2018-19 edition of A Global Security System: An Alternative to War  AGSS is World BEYOND War’s blueprint for an alternative security system – one in which peace is pursued by peaceful means.

AGSS relies on three broad strategies for humanity to end war: 1) demilitarizing security, 2) managing conflicts without violence, and 3) creating a culture of peace. These are the interrelated components of our system: the frameworks, processes, tools and institutions necessary for dismantling the war machine and replacing it with a peace system that will provide a more assured common security.

Published September 2018

In Search of Pathways to Peace
Michael von der Schulenburg

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres plans to make prevention of wars and armed conflicts the hallmark of his administration of the United Nations. Though geopolitical circumstances have changed since the United Nations was established in 1945, the aim of preventing wars and other forms of armed conflict is still as vital today as it was over 70 years ago. The only question is, how to achieve this?

A recent World Bank-United Nations study “Pathways for Peace — Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict,” intends to find answers to this question. Yet the study is misleading in three fundamental ways: (i) it ignores the UN Charter, (ii) it obscures the UN’s core issue of war and peace, and (iii) it side-steps the UN’s collective decision-making process. As an alternative, this paper proposes three steps towards reinvigorating the UN’s role in preventing wars and armed conflicts that are grounded in the UN Charter.

Published April 2018

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Over the last year, the United States has turned its back on the United Nations Human Rights Council and the Paris climate accord. Last month, it openly attacked the International Criminal Court.  Fortunately, efforts by others to reinvigorate the multilateral system are underway. On Nov. 11-13, President Emmanuel Macron is holding the inaugural Paris Peace Forum, to “offer the opportunity to reflect on world governance while we commemorate the end of World War I and recognize our collective responsibility.”  The suggested summit offers a chance to contemplate the international system as a whole and its anchor, the UN. This gathering could adopt innovations to make the UN better prepared for current and future global challenges and more resilient amid America’s withdrawal from global leadership.

For the summit to achieve meaningful changes, a new coalition of smart like-minded civil society groups and states is urgently needed. Over the past two years, the UN 2020 Initiative has built a broad effort advocating for such a leaders summit. Through consultations, policy research and engaging government delegations, the coalition represents what is needed to ensure that UN reforms meet 21st-century challenges.

Published October 2018

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