Oct 27, 2005

Arduous birth of democracy

The democratization of a further third of the world’s countries during the second half of the 20th century was a remarkable and inspiring achievement. At the start of the 21st century, however, the difficulties inherent in exporting democracy have become starkly apparent. It was ...

Aug 9, 2005

The power of empathy

August is a time when questions of war and peace seem to hang in the heavy summer air like the feverish trilling of the cicadas — this year, in particular, as it marks the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, which ...

Nov 22, 2004

Education for sustainable development

2005 will mark the start of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The Decade offers a vital opportunity to make real progress toward putting human society on the path to sustainability. More than one-fourth of humankind lives in conditions of chronic ...

Sep 11, 2003

Challenge of building peace

“At the top of the pyramid which we call civilization there is still the terrible fact of war. We cannot call ourselves a fully civilized people as long as that possibility exists and is, indeed, taken for granted.” These are the heartfelt words of ...