eliminating the anachronism of war would free up enormous resources for more constructive uses

Peace and Security

Since the establishment of the League of Nations in 1920, the goal of global governance has been to ensure peace among nations. However, the international system currently lacks the resources and the will to effectively fulfill this mandate. A comprehensive solution including staged disarmament and an International Peace Force with legal authority to act on behalf of the international community would empower the UN to provide reliable global peace and security.
Since the establishment of the League of Nations in 1920, the goal of global governance has been to ensure peace among nations. However, the international system currently lacks the resources and the will to effectively fulfill this mandate. A comprehensive solution including staged disarmament and an International Peace Force with legal authority to act on behalf of the international community would empower the UN to provide reliable global peace and security.

Since World War II, international warfare has seen a trend of increased costs and diminishing returns. Nuclear weapons have infinitely magnified the cost of violence and the spread of democracy has decreased its utility. There is also a growing awareness of the wastefulness of warfare. According to the Watson Institute at Brown University, between 2001 and 2020 the United States has spent about $6.4 trillion on warfare in the Middle East. This vast sum—not to mention the loss of lives—has resulted in very few tangible gains.

The Institute for Economics and Peace estimated that, in 2019, the economic impact of global violence was $14.5 trillion, or 10.6 percent of global GDP. 40 percent of that total comes from military expenditure alone—only 3.6 percent represents actual armed conflict. Universal disarmament, led by the UN and paired with increased collective security, would free up the 5.9 trillion that is currently reserved for external military spending. These resources could be reinvested in economic and social development, where they would be far more productive. Rather than sinking trillions of dollars into new weapons and others instruments of war, we should be investing in human welfare around the globe.

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Albert Einstein
Nobel Prize Winner and Hero for World Peace

Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), winner of the 1921 Nobel Prize in physics and creator of the theory of relativity, was one of the two pillars of modern physics, best known for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc2, dubbed “the world’s most famous equation.”

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This book’s trenchant analysis of what ails the running of the globe should be read by policymakers everywhere, and certainly by those many citizens who concern themselves with fostering a better and more functional world. Change comes slowly, but this book is a prodding catalyst.

Robert I. Rotberg, Harvard Kennedy School, author of On Governance

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