Global leaders and activists writing about what they understand shared security to be.
More than forty global leaders and activists reflect on the state of the world, and the indivisibility of lasting peace and security.
From renowned peacemaker Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the twenty-eight year old UN Secretary General’s Envoy for Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, from UK Minister of Parliament Caroline Lucas to IMPAC Dublin Literary Award winner and creator of Story4, Colum McCann, a world-renowned cast of writers disavow the notion of security as stemming from walls, x-ray machines, armed security forces, and other militarized means of separating one population or group from another, refuse to identify particular groups or demographics as threats to other groups, and redefine security as being inclusive and egalitarian.
Taken together these global citizens articulate a persuasive and powerful argument in favor of a new way of looking at a world where we reframe security as a shared goal. This is an exceptional compilation of voices whose places of origin reflect the world of which they speak, and who, in chorus, become a testament to the fact that we can come together, no matter how far-flung we are, how solitary our endeavors, to shape our common future.
Contributors include: Amy Siskand • Andrés Álvarez Castañeda • Andrei Gomez Suarez • Ashu Varshney • Azza Karam • Archbishop Desmond Tutu • Brian Ganson • Caroline Lucas • Charlie Taylor • Cindy and Craig Corrie • Colum McCann • Diana Francis • Edwin Rekosh • Haifa • Hector Rosada Granados • Jayathma Wikramanayake • Jean Paul Lederach • Jimmy Carter • John Freeman • Johan Galtung • Kerri Kennedy • Khaled Mansour • Khury Peterson-Smith • Lana Baydas • Maya Tudor • Nancy Lindborg • Nigel James Kudzanai Nyamutumbu • Raja Shehadeh • Ru Freeman • Scilla Elworthy • Steven Pinker • Sue Williams • Tatyana El-Kaur • Victor Ochen
Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan and American writer whose work appears internationally, including in the Guardian, the New York Times. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (2009) and On Sal Mal Lane (2013), a New York Times Editor’s Choice Book, both appearing in translation, and editor of Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine (2015). She is a contributing editor of the Asian American Literary Review, and blogs for the Huffington Post on literature and politics. She is the recipient of many awards, including the JH Kafka prize for fiction by an American Woman. She teaches creative writing at Columbia University. Kerri Kennedy is the Associate General Secretary for International Programs at the American Friends Service Committee. She has 18 years of experience in over 40 countries, managing international development and emergency response programs in areas of conflict and post conflict environments with a focus on inclusive governance systems, civic education, and advocacy campaigns, gender, and rights-based policy development. She previously served as Executive Director for Women's Campaign International and manager for Mercy Corps’ Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief and Recovery Program. She has produced documentary films, facilitated strategic plans, conducted country and political assessments, created advocacy and civic education campaigns for public and private sector clients, developed human rights curricula, and trained leaders around the world. -