Global conflicts: Contemporary myth or a real danger?

Global conflicts: Contemporary myth or a real danger?

By Dragana Maksimovic January 28, 2019 There is one thing about which many peace researchers disagree and constantly debate: Are we really living in the most peaceful era ever, or are we facing a dangerous era of conflicts and struggles for global supremacy – very often masked as a fight for human rights but which […]

A Guide to Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Guide to Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Jan Oberg January 21, 2019 – Martin Luther King Day Since The Transnational is also a public education site, we believe a handy, comprehensive guide to materials about Martin Luther King, Jr. should be found here: For his indisputable greatness as a human being, thinker and activist and for you to see just how […]

The End of American Exceptionalism

The End of American Exceptionalism

January 19, 2019 “The naive and dangerous idea that the U.S. is exceptional has made us a danger to ourselves.” Jeffrey Sachs sits down with Rob Johnson to discuss his new book, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism, Columbia University Press, 2018.

Gandhi for the post-truth age

Gandhi for the post-truth age

The icon’s legacy is no longer secure, but he anticipated much about our current political moment By Pankaj Mishra January 11, 2019 In 2015, in South Africa, where Mohandas Gandhi lived from 1893 to 1914, a statue of him was defaced by protesters. The following year, the University of Ghana agreed to remove Gandhi’s statue […]

The Problems of Democracy

The Problems of Democracy

By Jonathan Power December 18, 2018 In the Western world, there is a constant debate about democracy. In the US the Democrats charge quite correctly that the House’s constituencies are gerrymandered against them. Then there’s the insoluble issue of the Senate’s anti-democratic bias where its numbers are tilted against the Democrats by the fact that […]

The world is ending war

The world is ending war

  By Jonathan Power December 4, 2018 “We need jaw jaw not war war”, said Winston Churchill rather hypocritically. Still, he would be glad to see that the number of wars around the world has fallen dramatically since the end of World War 2, despite the wars in Korea, Africa, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Pakistan […]

Abolish Militarism and War

Abolish Militarism and War

Photocredit: nousnatobases.org   By Mairead Maguire, Nobel Peace Laureate and TFF Associate Presented at the International Conference against US/NATO Military Bases, 16-18 Nov 2018, Dublin, Ireland. November 27, 2018   Dear Friends, It is good to be here with you all. I would like to thank the organizers for inviting me to address the conference. Firstly […]

What if Donald Trump is what America is all about?

What if Donald Trump is what America is all about?

  There is a widely accepted idea among some Americans that Trump does not reflect American values. They are wrong   By Hamid Dabashi In an erudite and timely piece for the New York Times, published just a few days before the midterm elections in early November 2018, my distinguished Columbia University colleague Andrew Delbanco […]

The Silk Road Belt And Road Initiative (BRI) can be a peace generator

The Silk Road Belt And Road Initiative (BRI) can be a peace generator

  By Thore Vestby TFF Associate September 11, 2018   The Belt and Road Initiative has turned 5 years. On September 7, 2013, at the Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, President Xi Jinping of China launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). This initiative – which has attracted a lot of attention from all over […]

New TFF Associate – Brajna Greenhalgh

New TFF Associate – Brajna Greenhalgh

  Brajna Greenhalgh joined TFF as Associate in September 2018. She says: “I was born in Vukovar, Croatia, in what was at the time known as Yugoslavia. I grew up and lived there during the years of its dissolution wars. I first met Dr Jan Oberg in early spring 1998 when the TFF conflict-mitigation team […]

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