TFF – 35 years for the UN Charter’s norm that peace shall be established by peaceful means

TFF – 35 years for the UN Charter’s norm that peace shall be established by peaceful means

Jan ObergCo-founder and director Lund, Sweden – September 12, 2020 TFF 35th Anniversary on September 12, 2020 And why are we there and still alive and kicking? Because TFF is like a gourmet restaurant and not like research institutes and think tanks that emulate fast-food chains. TFF doesn’t count success in media attention, followers, fame, […]

Legacy of Sir Brian Urquhart offers lessons for challenges facing UN

Legacy of Sir Brian Urquhart offers lessons for challenges facing UN

Jake Sherman August 3, 2020 Today, February 28, 2019, is the 100th birthday of Sir Brian Urquhart, whose distinguished career at the United Nations began at its creation and lasted until the final years of the Cold War. As an adviser to five secretaries-general, his influence over the first generation of UN peacekeeping missions was without […]

Education for peace and geopolitics

Education for peace and geopolitics

Johan GaltungTFF Associate July 20, 2020 60 years of peace theory and peace practice can be summarized in:                                                 EQUITY x HARMONY                              PEACE =   ——————————-                                                 TRAUMA x CONFLICT Four theory foci, four policy tasks, and four education topics. Any true education should prepare for practice, guided by general theory. Moving from denominator right […]

Acknowledging disorientation after COVID-19: Beyond horizons of fear and doubt

Acknowledging disorientation after COVID-19: Beyond horizons of fear and doubt

Richard Falk May 08, 2020 More than earlier crises of my lifetime, including the Great Depression, World War II, 9/11, the COVID-19 pandemic illuminates as never before, how precarious and uncertain is the future wellbeing, and possibly survival, of the human species. The concreteness, immediacy, and haunting uncertainties of the pandemic is quite terrifying on […]

ObergComment: The US contribution to the WHO is easy to replace

ObergComment: The US contribution to the WHO is easy to replace

📌 We know that many of our readers would like to see some short, pointed posts here. So, in contrast to the longer, more analytical articles we usually publish – normal for an academic institution – an Oberg Comment is a short text by the editor of The Transnational, Jan Oberg, which alerts you to […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Sir Brian Urquhart, Heart of the UN

Happy 100th Birthday, Sir Brian Urquhart, Heart of the UN

Stephen Schlesinger April 07, 2020 Sir Brian Urquhart celebrated his 100th birthday in 2019. This is an eventful moment. Sir Brian is one of the most notable figures in the history of the United Nations. Urquhart has spent most of his entire life in service to the UN and, in his tenure, embodied the very […]

The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security. Part 1

The Corona – An opportunity to replace militarist security with common and human security. Part 1

Part 2 of this series • Part 3 • Part 4 Jan Oberg April 2, 2020 The Coronavirus is a comparatively small killer Over the last 3 months, about 40.000+ people have died worldwide because of (or with) the Coronavirus. No other phenomenon in contemporary history has caused so many drastic decisions in democratic and […]

NATO’s destruction of Serbia: And where are Serbia, China and the West today?

NATO’s destruction of Serbia: And where are Serbia, China and the West today?

By Jan Oberg Lund, Sweden – March 24, 2020 Text in TFF PressInfo # 560 It was NATO’s first out-of-area operation, against its own Treaty and without a UN mandate. On March 24, 1999. Independent Kosovo was established – against UN SC resolution 1244. Thanks to the Clinton administration and Madeleine Albright. CNN’s Amanpour endorsed […]

Facing the Global Crisis – What Must Be Done?

Facing the Global Crisis – What Must Be Done?

By Richard Falk, TFF Associate Januar 22, 2020 Prefatory Note: The post below is a somewhat amplified version of an interview with C. J. Polychroniou, journalist and professor of political economy at West Chester University, which was published on January 7, 2020, in the online journal, Global Policy. As the interview was conducted in December […]

The lessons of Russia’s Syrian intervention for Washington and Brussels

The lessons of Russia’s Syrian intervention for Washington and Brussels

Photo – Eastern Aleppo, December 2016 – © Jan Oberg By Gordon M. Hahn January 17, 2020 If Western leaders are able to put aside the now worn-out cliches such as Russian Vladimir Putin ‘punching above his weight,’ ‘Trump handing Putin a victory on a silver plate’, not to mention ‘Trump as Putin agent’, there […]

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