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Reminder - Roundtable Sunday, Nov 15
Topic: A Constitutional Global Governance – A Must for Global Security

Discussant: Moshe Siman-Tov
Time: 10:30 - 12:30...but come early for coffee and conversation.

Children's Program: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Location: Pellisippi State Goins Admin building in Annex off of cafeteria.

The relatively recent spread of militant fundamentalist movements, the easy availability and accessibility of highly sophisticated weaponry, the potential for space militarization and robotic wars, and most importantly, the rapid spread of weapons of mass destruction (chemical, biological & nuclear), have made it impossible for the world to continue tolerating the paralysis and impotence at the UN. The most urgent issue of our time is: How will humanity survive the unstable and enormously dangerous potential of a nuclear disaster. It became not only desirable (as recognized long ago) but absolutely necessary and urgent to create a new system of global governance that is based on constitutional principles with legislative, executive and judicial branches, international law and, most importantly, the necessary means and authority for enforcing the law.

The recent tremendous expansion of Globalization and the human capacity to damage the world’s environment and deplete its scarce resources strongly reinforces the need for such global governance. Achieving reforms of such nature and scale will admittedly not be easy. We can expect many objections and challenges, especially from dictatorial and theocratic countries whose leadership would not like to lose their grip of power on their populations. We will explore the need and merits of the concept, discuss various paths for implementation and assess their chances to succeed.

Moshe Siman-Tov worked at ORNL from 1967 until he retired in 1999. He received his PhD in Eng. Mech. from UT in 1975, MS from the University of Cincinnati in 1967, and BS from the Israel Institute of Technology in 1961. He was born in Israel in 1935 and moved with his family to the USA in 1964. He gave before two presentations to the ERT audience on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He recently got involved in promoting the idea of a Constitutional Global Governance as the only way to save ourselves from self destruction.

Posted by dbuck
Nov. 09, 2009