PEACE & DEMOCRACY CONFERENCE
The Peace and Democracy Conference will explore the many ways that democratic principles are abandoned in the name of "national defense" and will move forward efforts to establish a democratic alternative to endless war. On both small and large levels, the federal and state governments turn blind eyes to the Constitution, international law, labor rights of military employees, and the will of the people in issues regarding the military and war. And the increasing dependence on drones and a robotized military threatens to undermine what democratic control over our foreign policy remains.
- How is it possible for the president to ignore the Constitution and enter military conflict without the approval of Congress?
- What role does the will of the people have in beginning or ending military conflict?
- Can we have democratic control over weapons dealing and profiteering?
- What is the impact on a democracy of hosting or imposing military bases?
- Can secret forces, military drones, and robot armies play any positive role in a democratic society?
- Should soldiers be forced to work beyond the terms of their enlistment “agreement?”
- Can global justice be advanced through the rule of law?
- By what stages might war be abolished, and what would a war-free world look like?
This conference will look into these questions and many others with experts from both the legal and peace communities.
World Beyond War is the primary convener of the Peace and Democracy Conference. Contact Mary Dean for more info.
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