World Security Network: Why you should join as a prominent supporter now !
2007 has been one of the most active years yet for our independent World Security Network Foundation “Networking a Safer World”.
The World Security Network Foundation has focused on three goals:
- Networking the young global elite in foreign and defence affairs
- Providing fresh analysis, ideas, and visions for the world’s most pressing problems in foreign affairs.
- Promoting designs for a safer world in politics, media and academics.
As members of the global elite, we do not want to leave the important area of foreign and defence affairs to a few extremists, the mediocre majority of politicians and bureaucrats, and primarily backwards-looking academics without an orientation toward action.
WSN promotes timely actions to implement double peace strategies: power on one side, diplomacy and reconciliation on the other.
The World Security Network’s broad action approach considers all three levels required to resolve a conflict: visions, structures, and actions. These must include innovative master plans, sufficient funding, and rapid implementation.
The World Security Network is:
- not American, Asian or European: we are the largest global-elite action network for foreign and defense affairs—focussing on the young, new elite of the world
- not left or right, not U.S. Republican or U.S. Democrat or an adherent to any other party-line: it is an independent, international and pluralistic non-profit organization.
- not a peace movement or an organization of warmongers: it promotes a realistic and credible balance of Realpolitik and Idealpolitik, of power and diplomacy, of necessary military actions and reconciliation—a Double Strategy of solid and realistic peacemaking
- not academic: it is solution-oriented, looking for concrete proposals for all conflicts
- not bureaucratic: we are creative and action-oriented, like businessmen
- not fanatical: we are engaged global citizens with the vision of networking a safer and better world for our children
WSN is a new kind of global foreign affairs action network in the age of globalization using the internet and local Task Force meetings.
Let me give you an overview of our work throughout 2007 and ask you to join and support us as a Friend, Trustee or Patron:
Our Weekly Electronic Newsletters
More than 303,000 members of the global elite receive our electronic newsletter once a week with fresh analysis and concrete proposals in foreign and defense affairs, including more than 125,000 members of foreign affairs networks, 65,000 business executives and lawyers, 40,000 professors and students of elite universities, 32,000 journalists, 19,000 foreign and defense specialists, 6,000 religious leaders and more than 3,000 members and staff of parliaments worldwide. This makes our newsletter the largest of its kind worldwide.
In 2007, we focused on the issue of dialogue between Christianity and Islam with fact-finding missions and meetings in locations including Rome/Vatican, Pakistan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. In Iraqi-Kurdistan I met with the regional President Barzani in Erbil as well as with representatives of the Christian minority in the largest Christian city Ankawa in Iraq. In July I presented the WSN concept of The Human Codes of Tolerance and Respect to an international conference in Mostar in Bosnia Herzegowina and in September I visited Japan including Hiroshima.
The Global Network of Editors
The WSN network grew in 2007 to 59 mostly young editors with 27 nationalities between them. They report from New York, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Paris, Vienna, London, Rome, Moscow, Athens, Munich, Berlin, Ankara, Sweden, Finland, the Caucasus, Singapore, Beirut, New Delhi, Peshawar, Islamabad, China, Nepal, Mexico, Peru, and Australia. They are led by WSN Global-Editor-in-Chief Brig. Gen. (ret.) Dieter Farwick, former Director of Germany’s “Federal Armed Forces Intelligence Office” and close aide to former German Defense Minister and later NATO Secretary General Manfred Woerner.
The International Advisory Board
The International Advisory Board now consists of 55 well-known experts from 17 countries: the U.S., Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Turkey, France, Switzerland, Austria, Estonia, Kosovo, Hungary, Italy, Armenia, Lebanon, Israel, India and Pakistan. It includes 14 generals and admirals (Lord Peter Inge, Luigi Caligaris, Klaus Naumann, Peter Regli, Muhammad Aslam Khan Niazi, Klaus Reinhardt, Ed Rowny, Bill Odom, Götz Gliemeroth, Sir Sebastian Roberts, Chuck Saffell, Franco Apicella, Giovanni Bernadi, Wolfgang Plasche), journalists (Herbert Kremp, Jens Krüger, Thomas Lipscomb, Henning von Steuben), professors and scholars (Mensur Akgün, Ron Asmus, Rod Beckstrom, J.D. Bindenagel, Robert Dujaric, Mehmet Guercan Daimagueler, Peter Forster, Ortwin Gebauer, Amin Hashwani, Christian Hacke, Robert Hunter, Michael Inacker, Judith Apter Klinghoffer, Joachim Krause, Ludger Kühnhardt, Holger Mey, Mark Minevich, Mike Munson, John Nomikos, Ivo Paparela, Andreas Pruefert, Arben Qirezi, Sergey Rogov, Francis J. Kelly, Ruben Safrastyan), and politicians (George Fernandez, Samy Gemayel, Geza Jeszenszky, Tunne Kelam, Joe Schmitz, Peter Kurt Würzbach, Thomas Schneider).
We are proud that Queen Elizabeth II knighted our member Maj. Gen. Sebastian Roberts in July, now Sir Sebastian, and the former Indian Minister of Defense George Fernandez joined the Advisory Board.
The www.worldsecuritynetwork.com website
Our website, www.worldsecuritynetwork.com, reports daily on new developments around the globe and receives more than 2 million hits monthly. With the proposals we publish, WSN makes a contribution to the discussion of all of the hot topics in world politics. 158 media partners (including CNN, UPI and Newsweek) and 85 institutes (including RAND and IISS,) cooperate with WSN and make use of our analyses.
In 2007 we included a brand new feature into our website, video on demand with another WSN TV website on YouTube. WSN TV provides online exclusive video statements on foreign and defense affairs from global figures such as former U.S. National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft, Senators John McCain and Lieberman, Arch Duke Otto von Habsburg, Iraqi-Kurdish President Massoud Barzani, Secretary of Iran’s National Security Council Ali Larijani, Russian opposition leader Gary Kasparov as well as his communist counterpart Gennady Zuganov, former Ambassadors Richard Holbroke, Kornblum, Stein and J.D. Bindenagel, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, Norway’s Defense Minister Anne-Grete Erichsen, British Intelligence expert Sir Paul Lever and former Generals like James Jones, Klaus Naumann, Harald Kujat, Klaus Reinhardt, Rainer Schuwirth or German Chief of Staff Wolfgang Schneiderhan.
We now have WSN TV teams with cameras in New York including the UN, London, Moscow, Munich, Rome, and want to extend this network.
The main WSN project is researching, developing and promoting universal and practical “Human Codes of Tolerance and Respect” for families, educators, religious leaders, journalists, and politicians—the five affinity groups who have the most influence on promoting tolerance and respect towards other ethnic groups and religions.
The codes will—in the form of guidelines—have easy-to-understand wording and instructions on teaching children, pupils, religious believers, readers, TV viewers and voters about the fundamental moral standards of tolerance and respect toward ethnic minorities and other religions. It is also a project to counter ethnically or religiously motivated totalitarianism and the spread of Islamic fundamentalist terrorism.
This project includes deep research of the preaching of tolerance and respect by the Prophet himself during his lifetime, which runs contrary to the concept of Islamic totalitarianism and Al Qaeda. It involves several international research teams at the Humboldt University in Berlin and in Rome who have worked in the archives and library of the Vatican and the Pontifical Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies PISAI of the Pères Blancs (White Fathers).
The Human Codes will be combined with more than ten best practice examples tailored for each target group to show how they could work throughout the world and how you can implement the Codes in your affinity group. Included is a toolbox with 20 examples for national and international policy makers.
The Codes will be promoted to the public via a worldwide presentation tour including global figures and celebrities, starting at the end of 2008 and lasting one year.
For the World Security Network, tolerance and respect are the lifeblood of peaceful coexistence and crucial elements of the soft powers of peacemaking. As Eric Hoffer said, “A war is not won if the defeated enemy has not been turned into a friend.” German philosopher Emmanuel Kant wrote: “The state of peace among men living side by side is not the natural state—a state of peace, therefore, must be established.”
We believe that these wise sayings are truer today than ever before. The soft factors of peacemaking are often put aside by the harder instruments of peacemaking in strategic planning, political implementation and action.
WSN, with its global network including 14 former generals, is convinced that this lack of soft factors cannot lead to success, but that a new, credible and balanced double strategy combining military containment and strength with an active reconciliation policy is needed—a holistic formula for peace based on diplomacy, power, and reconciliation—a new art of peacemaking effectively winning the hearts and minds of the people.
The Human Codes of Tolerance and Respect will be an important tool to develop a creative and more effective soft power peace policy in different conflict areas around the world, including the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the containment of Islamic totalitarianism in Moslem communities all over the world as the necessary second pillar of an overall peace strategy.
This year WSN organized regional meetings with Editors, Members of the International Advisory Board, politicians and experts in New York, Washington D.C., London, Moscow, Berlin, Munich, Sarajevo, Vienna, Rome, Lahore, Peshawar, Islamabad, Dubai and Tokyo promoting our visions of a safer world.
In October WSN hosted a dinner for 35 Junior Network members in the Carlton Club in London with a dinner speech about British politics.
Promoting Fresh New Ideas
Behind the scene WSN promoted several fresh new approaches with politicians, journalists and experts, including a federal system for Iraq (like that supported by U.S. Senator Joe Biden and 75 other Senators in a vote this year), a reconciliation approach between the Kurds and Turkey, a balanced new Afghanistan strategy including regional peace making on the tribal level, buying the poppy production and balancing civilian and military aims, a support for the tribal areas FATA and Pakistan to contain terrorism, a fresh dialogue with Moscow about human rights and common aims, a new double strategy of the Uzi and olive branch, hawk and dove, power and reconciliation in Israel/Palestine, support for the Rose Revolution in Lebanon with a WSN team there, and a dialogue and better understanding between Islam and Christianity.
What Can You Do?
It is our policy to minimize all costs on the administrative and editorial level and use all donations directly to fund our activities like our website, WSN TV or The Human Codes of Tolerance and Respect Project. All costs of the President are paid privately; the editors get a minimum cover fee and work mainly non-profit.
- We cordially invite you, as a representative of the global elite, to now become a prominent supporter of the World Security Network as a Friend, Trustee or a Patron and actively assist us in expanding our elite network for a safer world with a contribution of $500, $1,000 or $5,000 annually or to support our Human Codes of Tolerance and Respect Project with a special donation.
- Your contributions are tax deductible as a charitable contribution in the U.S. according to U.S. Internal Revenue Code 501(c).
- You may mail us a check ( World Securityx Network Foundation, c/o VP Hans Janitschek, Ap. 18 B., 945 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021, U.S.A.) or transfer your donation to the World Security Network Foundation account (JP Morgan Chase Bank New York, Swift Code Chasus 33, Account No. 987091436065) or charge your contribution online securely via credit card at www.worldsecuritynetwork.com in “Support us”.
Do not hesitate to write me if you have any more questions [email protected]
Let’s network a safer world now!
With best regards and many thanks for your support !