A New Beginning for Humankind: A Recipe for Lasting Peace on Earth

A New Beginning for Humankind takes on perhaps the biggest challenge to modern civilization: a global nuclear catastrophe lying in wait. According to expert opinions, the world has reached a nuclear tipping point and that the next world war would be fought with nuclear weapons. All what is required for this global nuclear war to begin is a trigger. Historians have told how a violent conflict between Austria-Hungary and the Kingdom of Serbia in 1914 and the German invasion of Poland in 1939 triggered WWI and WWII, respectively. A close review of the existing conflicts in the world shows that there are a few among them that could similarly trigger the next world war at an opportune time. Unfortunately, the present global system of checks and balances seems to be incapable of meeting this and other new challenges to world peace.

Against this background, A New Beginning for Humankind first evaluates the risk levels associated with ongoing major conflicts in the world and their individual contribution to the present global tension. Then, it describes a new, creative five-fold strategy to prevent the outbreak of the global nuclear disaster lying in wait. This strategy aims at reducing global tension and further strengthening the existing checks and balances. Later, the book explains that the mere prevention of wars at the worst of times will only help further consolidate the present dismal human destiny of living under intermittent clouds of global wars and will not lead to lasting peace on the planet. Therefore, the book also lays out a novel, revolutionary approach to lasting peace on the planet with a New Beginning for Humankind. The book ends with a detailed description of a proven, steadfast process for the implementation of this new approach. Every able human, young or old, can play an important role in this process either in an individual capacity or as a member of a group: family, classmates, schoolmates, workmates, society, nation, or the global community. This process is carefully designed to transform the present world of tension, fear, and uncertainty to one of relief, resilience, and lasting peace.

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
Acronyms

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 2: VIOLENT CONFLICTS IN AND ABOUT STATES

2.1 Inter-state Violent Conflicts
2.2 Intrastate Violent Conflicts
2.3 A Sober Reflection

CHAPTER 3: A VIOLENT CONFLICT WITH NO BORDERS

3.1 Primary Target
3.2 Primary Suspect
3.3 Mother of all Terrorist Attacks
3.4 US War on Terror
3.5 A Sober Reflection

CHAPTER 4: GLOBAL ATTEMPTS TO BRING ORDER

4.1 Peace Efforts Prior to WWI
4.2 Peace Efforts through the League of Nations
4.3 Peace Efforts through the United Nations
4.4 A Sober Reflection

CHAPTER 5: CHANGING WORLD DYNAMICS

5.1 Before WWII
5.2 A Major Shift after WWII
5.3 Another Major Shift in the Early Nineties
5.4 Future Possibilities

CHAPTER 6: AVOIDING THE LOOMING DANGER

6.1 End Unilateral Global Policing
6.2 End the War on Terror
6.3 Destroy All Weapons of Mass Destruction
6.4 Adopt non-violent means of conflict resolution
6.5 Reform or Replace the United Nations Organization

CHAPTER 7: LASTING PEACE ON EARTH

7.1 Challenges
7.2 A New Beginning for Humankind

CHAPTER 8: SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

About the Author
References
Index

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