Dear Friends,

In times of turbulence finding and advancing clarity and coherence in values, analysis, principles, policies, and practices is essential. In order to understand the current global crisis in international peace and security arising from the war in Ukraine, it is important to reference the UN Charter’s prohibitions on the use of force and international law regarding the threat or use of nuclear weapons.


In 2022, at the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), I had the honor to address the States Parties in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations. I emphasized the principle of Pacta Sunt Servanda (promises must be kept) which is the very foundation of international relations and civilization itself. I believe that the failure of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council (US, UK, Russia, China, and France) to live up to promises solemnly made to advance nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament pursuant to the NPT has contributed significantly to the dangerous situation of today.

If promises made had been honored relations amongst the nuclear weapons states would have vastly improved. Presently, neither the US nor Russia have renounced the first use of nuclear weapons and Russia's recent nuclear weapons threats has moved the world to a hazardous brink.

In the meantime, the valiant defense of the sovereignty of Ukraine by its citizens commands our respect and support.


Diplomacy, the rule of law, and addressing common interests remain, even in this turbulent moment, necessary to fulfill human security needs. Mainstreaming Human Security is a project the Global Security Institute is committed to advancing in the coming years, and I hope you find useful the several articles on the subject contained below.


Jonathan Granoff

President, Global Security Institute


We are pleased to announce that Audrey Kitagawa, President and Founder of the International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation, has joined the board of Directors of GSI.

Human Security: Virtuous, Practical, Urgent, and Necessary

Humanity is making itself an endangered species. Change is needed. Human security is the direct, accurate, and needed framework to generate that change. Continuing without a paradigm change will surely lead to disaster. Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, writes for Horizons magazine, the publication of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD).

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We urge your attention to two articles in Cadmus Journal — an independent publication edited by Fellows of the World Academy of Art & Science:

Approaching Human Security

Human Security: A Strong Foundation for Multilateral Cooperation

UN Speech: “More Capacity to Destroy Will Not Bring More Peace”

Human Security and the Imperative of Fulfillment of NPT Promises” — Presented by GSI President Jonathan Granoff on August 5, 2022, at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, United Nations, New York City, as part of the 10th Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.

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Canada Needs to Give More Support to UN's New Agenda for Peace

By Hon. Douglas Roche

(Global Security Institute Advisory Board Member)

"Russia won’t stop its aggression. NATO-backed Ukraine won’t cease its counter-offensive. The threat of nuclear conflict is growing. Unspeakable brutalities are discovered every day. Everybody wants to curse the darkness. But there is one candle of hope."

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We encourage you to review these other excellent articles by Douglas Roche:

By Former President Oscar Arias

(Global Security Institute Advisory Board Member)

Former President Oscar Arias: “Negotiating With Putin Is the Only Way Forward” (Project Syndicate)

Nuclear Strategy and Ending the War in Ukraine (The Hill)


The Many Dimensions of Human Security: From the Deepest Personal to the Global

Watch the Video With Deepak Chopra
Watch the Video With Peter Coyote

The Current Threat of Nuclear Weapons

In honor of International Day Against Nuclear Tests on 29 August, FW de Klerk Foundation Chairman Dave Steward spoke with Jonathan Granoff on the current threat of nuclear weapons, particularly against the backdrop of the war in Ukraine and the latest developments in East Asia.

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On November 16 (this Wednesday), The International Academy for Multicultural Cooperation (IAMC) will host a Local CHINA Town Hall in conjunction with the National CHINA Town Hall organized by the National Committee on U.S. China Relations (NCUSCR). Register here for free.

Carrying Forward Drew Christiansen’s Legacy:

Catholic Social Teaching, Environmental Justice, Just War, and Peacebuilding

November 14-15, 2022 / Georgetown University

This two day conference will feature many of America's most distinguished experts in the field of international security, diplomacy, and the rule of law, religion and ethics including two members of GSI's non-partisan security group — Ambassador James Goodby and Prof. David Koplow. When Berkley Center and Georgetown colleague Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J., passed away in April 2022, he left behind a significant legacy applying the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching to issues of peacebuilding, just war, nuclear disarmament, and environmental justice.

The conference will gather influential scholars and practitioners—many of whom worked for decades with Fr. Christiansen—who will honor his contributions and explore current and future challenges related to these topics. Panels will address interreligious peacebuilding, with a focus on the Middle East; just war, peacebuilding, and non-violence; current challenges in nuclear arms control and disarmament; and fostering environmental justice. Sign up here for free. (A video will be available to view after the event)


The Living Earth Movement presented an insightful, substantive, and timely webinar featuring GSI Board Member Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr., Ambassador James Goodby, and Jonathan Granoff in September. It was moderated by IAMC President and Founder Audrey E. Kitagawa. The event also featured a video clip in which Mikhail Gorbachev and George Shultz discuss the importance of diplomacy in international affairs.

We strongly encourage you to view and share this important and substantive video.

We are proud that GSI is a sponsor of Parliamentarians For Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND) and direct your attention to these noteworthy videos:

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