After years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with their terrible toll of death and destruction, we are fighting again in the Middle East. But growing numbers of Americans are debating the values and goals of U.S. foreign policy, with its heavy reliance on military intervention. Why has it been so unsuccessful? What is the appropriate role for our nation in today’s world? How does our investment in a gigantic, costly military establishment affect our foreign policy decisions?
They came from China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Hawaii, New Zealand, and from across the US. They represented a wide variety of national interests, perspectives and struggles. They aired some differences. But they also found much common ground.
On May 21st, 2010, the American Friends Service Committee’s Middle Atlantic Region hosted its first Peace on Purpose conference at Stony Run Friends Meeting House featuring workshops from various Middle Atlantic Region (MAR) programs and partnering organizations that confront and work to resolve issues of conflict, war, and indignities in the United States. Starting off the conference with a jolt, the Maryland Peace with Justice Program barely began delving into their work facilitating theater workshops in Maryland prisons when a
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addressed the nearly 1,000 participants of the International Peace Movement Conference to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. The Secretary said that "Our shared vision is within reach...a nuclear-free world." And that "nuclear disarmament is my top priority."
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