The simple yet challenging goal of this book is to deliberate the legitimacy, andadvance the feasibility, of an important new concept—the notion of "globalcivics." We cannot achieve the international cooperation that is needed for aglobalizing and interdependent century without embracing and implementingthis important concept.
The first section of Global Civics is a presentation of the overall idea itself; thesecond section consists of diverse assessments from around the world of theconcept and where it currently stands. The third section discusses various optionsfor a global civics curriculum.
Praise for the Global Civics Program
"I agree with Hakan Altinay that in order to navigate our global interdependence,we need processes where we all think through our own responsibilities towardother fellow humans and discuss our answers with our peers. A conversationabout a global civics is indeed needed, and university campuses are ideal venuesfor these conversations to start. We should enter this conversation with an openmind, and not insist on any particular point of view. The process is the key, andwe should not wait any longer to start it."—Martti Ahtisaari, 2008 Nobel Peace Laureate
"The growing interconnectivity among people across the world is nurturing therealization that we are all part of a global community. This sense of interdependence,commitment to shared universal values, and solidarity among peoples across theworld can be channeled to build enlightened and democratic global governancein the interests of all. I hope that universities and think tanks around the worldwill deploy their significant reservoirs of knowledge and creativity to developplatforms to enable students to study and debate these issues. This project is acontribution toward that goal and I look forward to following it closely."— Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the United Nations, 2001 Nobel Peace Laureate