Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security

Indivisible: Global Leaders on Shared Security

by Ru Freeman, Kerri Kennedy

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Overview

Global leaders and activists writing about what they understand shared security to be. A world-renowned cast of writers—from esteemed peacemaker Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the twenty-eight year old UN Secretary General’s Envoy for Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, and award-winning novelist and creator of Narrative 4, Colum McCann—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: Andrei Gómez-Suárez • Andrés Álvarez Castañeda • Ashutosh Varshney • Aye Sandar Chit • Azza Karam • Brian Ganson • Cindy & Craig Corrie • Colum McCann • Desmond Tutu • Diana Francis • George Lakey • Hajer Sharief • Hussein Murtaja • Jacinda Ardern • Jason Tower • Jayathma Wickramanayake • Jimmy Carter • John Freeman • John Paul Lederach • Joyce Ajlouny • Kessy Martine Ekomo-Soignet • Khaled Mansour • Khine Thurein • Khury Petersen-Smith • Lana Baydas • Li Yingtao • Lucy Roberts • Malual Bol Kiir • Maria J. Stephan • Matilda Flemming • Maya Tudor • Nancy Lindborg • Nigel Nyamutumbu • Raja Shehadeh • Saba Ismail • Scilla Elworthy • Sue Williams • Terri-Ann P. Gilbert-Roberts • Thevuni Kotigala • Victor Ochen

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623719722
Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Ru Freeman is a Sri Lankan and American writer whose work appears internationally, including in the Guardian and the New York Times. She is the author of the novels A Disobedient Girl (2009) and On Sal Mai 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 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.

Table of Contents

Preface Ru Freeman xi

Kerri Kennedy xix

Framing the Cause

Our Stories, Our Lives Colum McCann 3

Hermanns, South Africa, February 2018 Desmond Tutu 5

Peace Is Not Boring Dr. Scilla Elworthy 9

Shared Security the Tao Way Andrei Gómez-Suárez 15

The Inescapable Relevance of Youth to the Process of Shared Security Jayathma Wickramanayake 19

Patriarchy Is (Almost) Everywhere Matilda Flemming 27

The Art of Seeing: Adansonia digitata: The African Baobab Kessy Martine Ekomo-Soignet 33

Excerpt from Speech to the Nobel Committee Jimmy Carter 37

From South Sudan to Palestine

The Art of Choosing: At Which Side Would I Throw My First Stone? Malual Bol Kiir 45

They Are All Our Children Cindy Craig Corrie 49

"Visitors" John Freeman 57

Speaking with a United Voice: Interview with Aye Sandar Chit Aye Sandar Chit 61

The Fable of the Three Brothers Andrés Álvarez Castañeda 65

Understanding Shared Security from a Gender Perspective in the Chinese Context Li Yingtao 73

The Strength of Shared Work: Interview with Khine Thurein Khine Thurein 79

The Art of Listening: Parallel but Unequal Lives Thevuni Kotigala 85

Waging Peace (North Korea: Excerpt from Beyond the White House) Jimmy Carter 89

The Courage to Engage Each Other Joyce Ajlouny 103

(In)Securing Each Other Khaled Mansour 113

The Challenges and Opportunities for Peace Advocacy in Zimbabwe Nigel Nyamutumbu 121

From Unilateral Actions to Reciprocal Security Sue Williams 127

Excerpt from A Rift in Time Raja Shehadeh 139

Rethinking Paradigms

Between Truth and Feeling, Peace Victor Ochen 145

Peace Is Possible: A Tribute to Landrum Boiling Nancy Lindborg 153

American In/Security: From the Plantation to the Military Base Khury Petersen-Smith 159

The Things that Make for Peace Diana Francis 165

Going Beyond "The Weakest of Faith" Dr. Azza Karam 175

The Art of Survival: Peace Our Dream Hussein Murtaja 181

Just Peace Lucy Roberts 185

Plumbing for Peace Brian Ganson 193

People Power as Shared Security Dr. Maria J. Stephan 203

The Art of Offering Options: Empowering Youth in Rural Pakistan Saba Ismail 211

Making Society Civil Again

Civil Society: Why, What, and How Ashutosh Varshney 217

Why Liberals Should Embrace Inclusive Nationalism Dr. Maya Tudor 231

Envisioning Boldly Enough to Tackle the Threat of Terror George Lakey 239

The 3.6-Billion-Dollar Lesson: Beyond the Us vs. Them Business Model Jason Tower 245

In Service of My Fellow Citizens Terri-Ann P. Gilbert-Roberts 251

Forgotten: A Gender Lens on Closing Civic Space Lana Baydas 259

Honoring the Past and Looking to a Peaceful, Shared, and Sustainable Future Jacinda Ardern 267

The Art of Redefining: Born into and Becoming Hajer Sharief 283

Indivisible: The Fragility of Boundary-less Belonging John Paul Lederach 287

Acknowledgements 291

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