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One World, One Force – Introducing a New Series

June 7, 2011

By Carl Teichrib, editor of Forcing Change.

An international military is needed; one to enforce peace on behalf of the world community.

Does this top sentence sound like a bad movie plot? Maybe a cross between the defunct television animation, “Pinky and the Brain” – the escapades of a super-smart mouse and his laughable sidekick trying to take over the world – with the ultra-mindless 1992 flick, “Universal Soldier”? Dumb. Real dumb. And my apology to the witty P&B series for being mentioned alongside the universally forgotten “Universal Solider.” You get the point.

I wish the top sentence was simply a spin-off from a lousy script, but it represents a hard-driven, historically-steeped desire – one played out in the world of politics and diplomacy, and human lives. In the past I’ve touched on what the line represents, yet I have held back from seriously writing on this subject, for it’s such a large and complex field of study – linking major historical events, international politics, military developments, worldviews and philosophies, World Federalism, the leveraging of religion, and power. And although I’ve done my homework on this – regularly diving into the topic since the Government of Canada released its 1995 report, Towards A Rapid Reaction Capability for the United Nations – I have long ago recognized that a documented book is needed in order to do the subject justice. Alas, I don’t have the time, energy, or resources to pursue such a project. 

So I’m doing the next-best thing: Through Forcing Change I am releasing a multi-part timeline on the past and current manifestations of an International Police. Is this relevant today? Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo, Rwanda, Serbia… the list is long and complex. Now Libya… maybe Syria next, and there’s even talk of Israel. Each of these geographic-conflict settings brings a perspective that touches on the One World, One Force concept. Other elements of this larger story include the Church Peace Union, the League to Enforce Peace, the League of Nations, the United Nations, NATO, the OSCE, the African Union, the European Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization… and more. Terms pop-up: Rapid reaction stand-by forces, collective security, peace forces and peace operations, “International Police,” and what is happening in Libya today, R2P – which is briefly examined in this first installment before exploring the background. And you need to grasp the history of this development; without it there’s little grounding to work with.

What makes this subject so important is it’s overall relevancy to globalization, for it’s couched in the long-term context of “international organization” – one espoused in top circles from Theodore Roosevelt’s day until now. In fact, no study of globalization is complete without wrestling with this topic.

After reading this series, you won’t look at yesterday’s events or today’s news the same. Rather, you will recognize patterns in language and action that reflect a bigger picture.

If you have a Forcing Change membership, I’d encourage you to download the first installment of One World, One Force: Arming the International Community, Part 1 – 1900 to 1945. Don’t have access to the monthly FC journal? Sign up today and receive access to the current issue, all back-issues, and a wealth of reports and other information products.

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