Citizens for Global Solutions

CitizensforGlobalSolutions_new.gifCitizens for Global Solutions envisions a future in which nations work together to abolish war, protect our rights and freedoms, and solve the problems facing humanity that no nation can solve alone. This vision requires effective democratic global institutions that will apply the rule of law while respecting the diversity and autonomy of national and local communities. We are a membership organization working to build political will in the United States to achieve our vision. We do this by educating Americans about our global interdependence, communicating global concerns to public officials, and developing proposals to create, reform, and strengthen international institutions such as the United Nations.

Obama vs. McCain on Diplomacy

    The past seven years have been marked by an administration that has valued unilateralism and ignored the rest of the world. American cooperation with the rest of the world and, as a result, the U.S.’s standing in the world has drastically decreased over this time. Unfortunately, this has left the world’s most devastating global problems unaddressed.
    In an effort to ameliorate such problems, the next president must work to engage the international community. This will involve a wide range of diplomatic efforts. This article seeks to examine the presidential candidate’s statements and positions on diplomacy, and their likely policies as president.   

For more information on Citizens for Global Solutions' series of Where do the Candidates Stand on Global Issues please contact Howard Salter, Director of External Relations, hsalter@globalsolutions.org

Obama vs. McCain on the ICC

    After ten years in existence, the International Criminal Court has shown itself able and ready to prosecute the world’s most heinous war criminals. Today however, the U.S. remains one of a small number of countries that has refused to join. The legitimacy of the Court, and the likelihood of its long-term success ultimately relies on U.S. support and eventual U.S. participation in the Court.
    Both presumptive presidential candidates have shown they are willing to work more closely with the Court than the current administration. However, they make very divergent promises and statements on the Court, and this paper seeks to examine those differences.

For more information on Citizens for Global Solutions' series of Where do the Candidates Stand on Global Issues please contact Howard Salter, Director of External Relations, hsalter@globalsolutions.org

Obama vs. McCain on Nuclear Proliferation

    Compared to today, nuclear deterrence seems to have been a cakewalk in the Cold War era of bipolarity. Today however, the major powers have thousands of nuclear weapons, those seeking power have attempted to get nuclear capability, loose nuclear material is scattered throughout the former Soviet Union and terrorists are seeking the ability to launch these weapons. As such, nuclear non-proliferation has become extraordinarily complex.
    This paper looks at where the presumptive presidential candidates stand on the issue and how they might act as president. The differences between the two represent distinct paths for the future.

For more information on Citizens for Global Solutions' series of Where do the Candidates Stand on Global Issues please contact Howard Salter, Director of External Relations, hsalter@globalsolutions.org

Obama vs. McCain on Peacekeeping

    The second half of the 20th century was one of the bloodiest in world history. The increase in conflict was largely the result of a growth in intrastate warfare. One of the best tools that the international community has utilized to deal with these conflicts are peacekeeping missions. Whether they have been through the U.N., NATO, or another regional organization, most missions have been dependent on American support in one way or another.
    The next president will have a great degree of influence over future missions and their chance for success. This paper seeks to assess where the two presumptive candidates stand on peacekeeping and what degree of support they would offer to different missions as president.

For more information on Citizens for Global Solutions' series of Where do the Candidates Stand on Global Issues please contact Howard Salter, Director of External Relations, hsalter@globalsolutions.org

Obama vs. McCain on U.S.-U.N. Relations

    The United Nations has been the only international institution that has attempted, and has largely been successful, to engage most of the countries throughout the world in discussions on how to solve global problems. While there is no doubt that some reform is necessary in the organization, the U.S. no longer can view the U.N. as a roadblock. Rather, we must see at it as a partner.
    The next president’s views on the U.N. and their proposals to foster a relationship
with it, will have a lasting impact on the future. As such, they must be examined. This paper looks at the positions of Senators Barack Obama and John McCain on this issue and how they might act towards the U.N. as president.

For more information on Citizens for Global Solutions' series of Where do the Candidates Stand on Global Issues please contact Howard Salter, Director of External Relations, hsalter@globalsolutions.org

Obama vs. McCain on Torture

    Between Guantanamo Bay, the extraordinary rendition program, Abu Ghraib and water boarding, the Bush administration does not have the best track record on the issue of torture. However, the history of our great nation is built on fundamental individual values and rights that forbid such treatment. Any deviation from a strict ban on torture represents a black mark in our history.
    As we move closer to the presidential elections we have to examine the policies of the two presumptive presidential nominees in hopes that they represent a clear change of direction from the past 7 years. This paper seeks to illustrate their positions through their statements, votes and actions.

For more information on Citizens for Global Solutions' series of Where do the Candidates Stand on Global Issues please contact Howard Salter, Director of External Relations, hsalter@globalsolutions.org