The Common Good

An Agenda of Peace

While most attention is being paid to the deepening economic crisis, the incoming Obama administration will also inherit a number of interrelated international crises. David Cortright of the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at Notre Dame writes about the importance of continuing citizen activism for an agenda of peace. Offering concrete ideas for exiting Iraq, engaging Iran, eliminating nuclear weapons, and taming terrorism, he concludes that

In his Nov. 4 acceptance speech, Obama vowed to "defeat" those who would "tear down this world" and to support those who strive for peace and security. This lofty ambition will require a global security strategy that emphasizes cooperation over unilateralism and peaceful diplomacy over military action -- an approach based on the force of law rather than the law of force.

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