In January 2002, the GSI Board of Directors and the MPI International Steering Committee unanimously endorsed a resolution accepting "the Middle Powers Initiative as a program of the Global Security Institute." GSI will now take responsibility for the administration and finances of MPI. The leadership of GSI and MPI are confident that the new alliance will play a dynamic and pivotal role in the international movement to eliminate nuclear weapons.
MPI, which started in 1998, is widely regarded in the international arena as a highly effective catalyst in promoting practical steps toward the elimination of nuclear weapons. The members of the MPI International Steering Committee, and its chair Senator Douglas Roche, O.C., former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, have unanimously expressed their enthusiasm regarding the merger.
"The new arrangement will add strength and stability to the Middle Powers Initiative," said Senator Roche. Jonathan Granoff, President of GSI said, "we can all operate more effectively by clarifying our message and building stronger coalitions. There is increased recognition of the need to quell the proliferation of nuclear weapons. We must make it equally clear that nonproliferation efforts depend upon credible progress toward nuclear weapons elimination."
Through the Middle Powers Initiative, eight international non-governmental organizations* are able to work primarily with "middle power" governments to encourage and educate the nuclear weapons states to take immediate practical steps that reduce nuclear dangers, and commence negotiations to eliminate nuclear weapons.
Middle power countries are politically and economically significant, internationally respected countries that have renounced the nuclear arms race, a standing that gives them significant political credibility.
With MPI now part of GSI, GSI's activities will fall into the following categories:
I. International Engagement
Building on the strength of MPI, our international engagement takes the following forms:
(A.) Formal delegations to educate and influence high-level policy makers such as Foreign and Prime Ministers. Delegations focus on leaders who can have the greatest impact on policy and domestic and international initiatives, and are often planned to coincide with significant political events;
(B.) Strategic consultations, which serve as "off the record" interventions designed to provide a working environment in which ambassadors, diplomats, experts, and policy makers can come together in an informal setting at pivotal opportunities, in order to complement the ongoing treaty negotiations at various forums such as the United Nations;
(C.) The Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, [www.pnnd.org]recently created to provide a non-partisan network and forum designed to help Parliamentarians share ideas, legislation, and initiatives, and to take leadership on nuclear disarmament issues;
II. Targeting Key Opinion Leaders & Policy Makers
GSI gathers and influences key constituencies that can serve as powerful and high-profile voices lending credibility to the international movement to eliminate nuclear weapons, such as the 60 prominent generals and admirals from around the world who signed a 1996 statement advocating nuclear elimination. That statement was followed by a series of similar statements endorsed by heads of state, business leaders, cultural figures, mayors, and religious leaders.
III. Promoting Abolition with the Human Security Agenda
GSI brings the nuclear disarmament agenda into new and diverse arenas by initiating and sponsoring innovative events, such as the series of screenings of the film Thirteen Days, with panel discussions (with actual members of President Kennedy's Executive Committee) on the lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis, before members of the US Congress and the UN; and institutional engagement with significant legal, religious, and environmental organizations.
IV. Education and Reports
GSI does targeted educational outreach, in the form of influential briefings, reports, legal reviews and documentaries and ongoing media outreach.
The next MPI Strategy Consultation will be held at the beginning of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Prep Comm at the United Nations on April 8, 2002. The Strategy Consultation is designed to ensure the ongoing strength of the NPT as the central and governing legal instrument preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and committing the world to eventual and complete nuclear disarmament.
* Global Security Institute, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility, International Peace Bureau**, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War**, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, State of the World Forum, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
**Nobel Peace Prize Winners
For more information, please contact the Middle Powers Initiative or Global Security Institute at 415-775-6760.