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9781509543212

What Is at Stake Now My Appeal for Peace and Freedom

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  • ISBN13:

    9781509543212

  • ISBN10:

    150954321X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2020-10-06
  • Publisher: Polity

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Summary

Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, world peace is at risk again. The United States has withdrawn from the disarmament treaty with Russia, Europe is disintegrating, China is surging forward and a wave of nationalism and populism is destabilizing established political institutions and endangering hard-won liberties.  Moreover, the coronavirus pandemic has brought into sharp relief the fragility of the global order and the speed with which it can slide into chaos.   

In view of this dangerous and unpredictable state of affairs, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last great statesman of the 1989 revolution, has written this short book to warn us of the grave risks we now face and to urge us all, political leaders and citizens alike, to take action to address them. He focuses on the big challenges of our time, such as the renewal of the arms race and the growing risks of nuclear war, the new tension between Russia and the West, the global environmental crisis, the global threat of diseases and epidemics, the rise of populism and the decline of democracy. He argues that self-serving policies and narrow-minded politics aimed at the pursuit of national interests are taking the place of political principles and overshadowing the vision of a free and just world for all peoples. He offers his view of where Russia is heading and he urges political leaders in the West to recognize that re-establishing trust between Russia and the West requires the courage of true leadership and a commitment to genuine dialogue and understanding on both sides.

Now more than ever, the responses to the great challenges we face cannot be purely national in character but must be based on a collaborative effort in which political leaders put aside their differences and work together to advance the human security of all.

Author Biography

Mikhail Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union, serving as General Secretary of the Communist Party from 1985 to 1991 and President of the USSR from 1990 to 1991.  He played a pivotal role in bringing an end to the Cold War and he was awarded the Noble Peace Prize in 1990.  Since then, he has maintained an active role in world affairs through the Gorbachev Foundation, a non-profit organization which promotes democracy and humanitarian initiatives globally.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Preface
Part One
Our shared security
The militarization of world politics
Equal security for all: The Charter of Paris
Break the vicious cycle!
We must act together

Part Two
Understanding the global world
Who benefits from globalization?
The environmental challenge
The Earth Charter

Part Three
Ideas and politics
The wave of populism and decline of democracy
Can politics and morals be reconciled?

Part Four
Who’s who in the global world?
The USA: Monopoly leadership or partnership?
Europe: Our continent, our home
China and India: The new giants
The Middle East: Tense hub of world politics
The rollback of democracy
The responsibility of the media
Civil society and international organizations
The new Russia
Afterword

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