Based on a speech delivered by Dr. Kahn to Veterans in Politics, International Las Vegas, Nevada 8/27/2015
How do we begin to have the conversations that will lead us in the direction of fulfilling the promises we have made to our soldiers and veterans? We have heard the facts and read the personal stories:
- 22 American veterans commit suicide every day
Reinvention is the key and peacemaking is the heart of today’s revolution
For all social conflict, I believe in the overwhelming power of face-to-face dialog. In terms of strategy and actions, building peace requires fixing government. In terms of lifelong transformation, changing hearts and minds only occurs through face-to-face dialog. In this short article, I re-visit the chapter titled “A Science of Peacemaking” from my first (1988) book Peacemaking: A Systems Approach to Conflict Management.Read more
America is finally and quite visibly confronting a broken justice system and the disproportionate arrest, detention and incarceration of people of color. The trigger for this awakening has been the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of law enforcement. Other tragedies could have provoked such outrage including private for-profit prisons with federally mandated quotas for immigration arrests or the abuse of locked-up prisoners including juveniles or the built-in bias of laws that imprison women who act to protect themselves or their children from domestic violence. Clearly, this is an opportunity for change – let’s be wise and effective about what we do as a nation.Read more
America has the military superiority to win wars, yet where is our superior vision for building peace? Eternal warfare on our shared planet is now within our grasp, blinding us to our collective knowledge about the activities of peacebuilding and the psychology of peacemaking.
Building peace does not mean being stupid. Any parent who has sent their child off to school knows that bullies must be confronted not sweet-talked. The brutal beheadings, murders, rapes, and attempted genocide in the mid-east may call for a military response in the short term. The tragedy does not call for World War III.Read more