Round Table Militarism and Alternatives
The crisis in and around Ukraine shows the consequences of a politics of militarization for peace and international security, and for a Europe which is at long last a peaceful common home. In this workshop we want to discuss the alternatives to confrontation – from all sides.
Global military expenditure is around $1.7 billion, NATO is the strongest military alliance in history, and the world is full of wars and armed conflicts. Still today, all life on earth could be ended by the use of nuclear weapons. The EU has developed new military structures and becomes more and more like one leg of the NATO structure. New conflicts like those in East Asia dominate international politics while old ones like Middle East remain unsolved.
Given this context, we have to face the fundamental question: what are the alternatives to militarization? We propose a broad discussion on peaceful conflict prevention and resolution, cultures of peace, disarmament, the OSCE and UN structures and many new ideas for setting the world on a peaceful path.
Speakers: Joseph Gerson (USA, American Friends Service Committee), Ljulletta Goranci Brkic (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Nansen Center), Mairead Maguire (Ireland, Nobel Peace Laureate).
Moderator: Reiner Braun (Germany, Co-President International Peace Bureau)