By Hubertus Hoffmann
The World Security Network Foundation (WSN) is an independent, international non profit organization. It is the largest global elite network for foreign and security policy, with the purpose of “Networking a Safer World”, promoting a fresh global foreign policy, which we label “World 3.0”.
WSN was inspired by my long-term mentor Dr. Fritz Kraemer, who demanded to give something back to humanity by supporting and enabling the talents of the young in a new global foreign affairs elite.
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
What we are:
- Our knowledge base is deep on the hard military aspects, the limits, and costs of peacemaking; our Advisory Board contains 20 generals. WSN also focuses on important, 'soft' factors in peacemaking the second pillar of effective, credible double strategies. Softer factors are neglected in all conflicts, but hard reality shows them to be as important as hard military power
- We promote fresh, innovative thinking. We look for well thought out action plans to contain crises, thinking 'out of the box' as we have successfully in business.
- We follow a bottom-up approach, asking first what people on the ground need, and why the crisis has started. We integrate their needs and ideas into our proposals.
- WSN is a new kind of global foreign affairs action network in the age of globalization using the internet and local Task Force meetings.
- 71 well-known experts in our International Advisory Board from 21 countries - the U.S., Germany, the United Kingdom, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Greece, France, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Estonia, Kosovo, Hungary, Italy, Armenia, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, India and Pakistan . It includes 20 retired generals and admirals (Fieldmarshal Lord Peter Inge, Ehsan ul Haq, Luigi Caligaris, Klaus Naumann, Peter Regli, Muhammad Aslam Khan Niazi, Ali Aurakzai, David K. Shimp, Mohammad K. Shiyyab, Klaus Reinhardt, Rainer Schuwirth, Ed Rowny, Götz Gliemeroth, Sir Sebastian Roberts, Chuck Saffell, Franco Apicella, Giovanni Bernardi, Wolfgang Plasche), former ministers, state secretaries and members of parliament (George Fernandes, Geza Jeszenszky, August Hanning, Friedbert Pflüger, Peter Kurt Würzbach, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Tunne Kelam, Samy Gemayel, Habib Malik Orakzai), journalists (Herbert Kremp, Jens Krüger, Thomas Lipscomb, Henning von Steuben), ambassadors, professors and scholars (Robert Hunter, J.D. Bindenagel, Elisabeth Kendall, Judith Apter Klinghoffer, Walter Laqueur, Peter Neumann, Steve McIntosh, Murat Erdogan, Mensur Akgün, Ron Asmus, Ivo Paparela, Aleksander Schmidt, Robert Dujarric, Peter Forster, Nigel Williams, Ortwin Gebauer, Amin Hashwani, Christian Hacke, Michael Inacker, Joachim Krause, Ludger Kühnhardt, Holger Mey, Joe Schmitz, Thomas Schneider, Mark Minevich, Mike Munson, John Nomikos, Andreas Pruefert, Arben Qirezi, Sergey Rogov, Francis J. Kelly, Ruben Safrastyan, Ehsan Ahrari, Arif Ali Shah Bukhari, William Halal, Kastuv Ray, Abbas J. Ali, Jackson Janes).
- 100 mostly young editors with 34 nationalities report from New York, Washington, D.C., Tokyo, Paris, Vienna, London, Rome, Moscow, Athens, Munich, Berlin, Ankara, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Caucasus, Singapore, Beirut, New Delhi, Peshawar, Islamabad, China, Nepal, Mexico, Peru, Canada, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and Australia. Dieter Farwick is the Senior Vice President, 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.
- 2 million hits per month on www.worldsecuritynetwork.com
- More than 303,000 members of the international information elite receive our weekly electronic WSN newsletter, 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 defence 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.
- WSN TV with its own channels on YouTube (550,000 views) and Facebook has exclusively interviewed more than 250 VIPS on foreign affairs from many countries and with different ideas, among them: Religious leaders like His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama from Tibet, the Shiite Grand Ayatollah Fadlallah from Lebanon or Cardinal Stanlislaw Dziwisz from Krakow and Archbishop Alfons Nossol from Opole/Oppeln (Poland) ,four U.S. National Security Advisors Zbignew Brzezinski, Robert McFarlane, Brent Scowcroft and James Jones; the two U.S. Presidential candidates and Senators John McCain and John Kerry, U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham; His Imperial Highness Archduke Otto von Habsburg, Kurdish Iraq President Barzani, Secretary of Iran’s National Security Council Ali Larijani, President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas, former Iranian President Bani Sadr; U.S. Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen, U.S. Ambassadors Richard Holbrooke and Richard Burt, German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, UK Defense Minister Liam Fox, Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Norway's Defense Minister Anne-Grete Stroem-Erichsen, Serbian Defense Minister Stankovic, the Defense Minister of Singapore Teo Chee Hean, Estonian Defense Minister Mart Laar or 9/11 Commission member and U.S. Secretary of the Navy John Lehman; ISAF Commander U.S. General David Petraeus, NATO’s Military Committee Chairmen General ret. Klaus Naumann and Harald Kujat as well as NATO Generals Karl-Heinz Lather and Egon Ramms, NATO Secretary General Javier Solana, Field Marshal Lord Peter Inge, Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, French Minister Pierre Lellouche, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul, Austrian Foreign Minister Ursula Plassnick; Russian politician Gary Kasparov, Harvard professors Joseph Nye and Karl Kaiser, Horst Teltschik and Wolfgang Ischinger from the Munich Security Conference, IISS Director John Chipman, Estonian Freedom Hero Tunne Kelam, European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering, former Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel or EU Commissioner for Energy Guenther Oetttinger.
- more than 200 authors
- over 300 media partners (including CNN, CNBC, Newsweek, You Tube, Daily Star) and 120 institutes (including RAND and IISS) cooperate with WSN and make use of our analysis and proposals.
- WSN supports the young elite with a scholarship program. In 2004, Dmitry Udalov, the nineteen-year-old President of the Student’s Association in Moscow, received an invitation for his first visit to New York and Washington D.C. He is now Editor Russia. In 2005, Manuela Paraipan from Romania was awarded the WSN Scholarship to visit Beirut as Editor Broader Middle East.
- In 2004 WSN President Hubertus Hoffmann published a WSN book on his mentor for 25 years Fritz Kraemer on Excellence. Missionary, Mentor and Pentagon Strategist with contributions by Alexander Haig, Henry Kissinger, and Donald Rumsfeld and in 2012 the second edition and e-book *True Keeper of the Holy Flame. The
Legacy of Pentagon Strategist and Mentor Dr Fritz Kraemer (see http://www.worldsecuritynetwork.com/fritzkraemer).
- WSN is also working together with several research institutes on the international project Human Codes of Tolerance and Respect, designed to promote cooperation between diverse cultures- see www.codesoftolerance.com.
- WSN as well started 150 FATA Scholarships for boys and girls from Pakistan's tribal areas (FATA) who are granted a higher education in excellent schools in Pakistan for several years and organized two international FATA workshop with more than 150 experts in Hotel Adlon in Berlin and with the Royal College of Defense Studies (RCDS) in London
What we want:
- “Networking a Safer World” with the vision of implementing the goals of the UN Charter—mutual respect and tolerance, human rights, economic growth
- to rouse people out of their apathy, to raise awareness of trouble spots before war breaks out, to outline proposed solutions and to draw media attention to security issues at an early stage
- to network the strategic community focussing on the new young global elite in foreign and defense affairs specialists
- convey new, creative ideas and policy recommendations to decision-makers at the lightning speed of the internet.
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