Prof Ezra Vogel: people’s thought from each country affects the pursuing of peace

Prof Ezra Vogel: people’s thought from each country affects the pursuing of peace

Professor Ezra Vogel shared his views on pursuing peace in the Pacific during the conference of the Boston Global Forum focusing on building a Framework for peace and security which was held on December 12, 2014 at Harvard Kennedy School.

Professor Ezra Vogel currently a member of Boston Global Forum’s Board of Thinker, and the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences Emeritus, Harvard University. He has been studied Asia for 55 years, and he suggested that it is necessary to understand people’s feeling in each country, in particular Japan, U.S., China, South Korea, and Vietnam in order to deal with the building of a framework for peace and security in the Pacific. Japanese thoughts are that they have done well and provided sufficient contribution to China as an apology for what they did to the Chinese in the WW II. However, China has not appreciated the Japanese efforts and and thinks that Japan has not shown sufficient regret to what happened in the past.

Prof. Vogel also shared his hopes on the young leaders in helping pursuing peace and security. Watch his speech here:

Pianist Nguyen Thi Chau Giang congratulated BGF birthday by The World Dance

December 12, 2014 marked the Boston Global Forum’s 2nd birthday and its final conference of 2014 regarding building Peace initiatives for the Pacific with international relations academic leaders and authorities. Ms. Nguyen Thi Chau-Giang, the concert pianist, painter and composer brought her own composed music, “The World  Dance”, as a special gift to congratulate the anniversary.

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Photo: The Pianist Chau-Giang in the Boston Global Forum conference on December 12, 2014 (Left)

The music was played right at the beginning of the conference as a honor from the Boston Global Forum.

Ms. Chau Giang also attended as a young leader in the music for peace. She currently serves as International Ambassador of Education Through Music, is a member of Women Projects Theater, honored board member of Kingdom of Bahrain’s Visionaries, member of Maritage International and Women/Fashion Film Fest, Samuel Waxman Cancer Research, Co-Founder of Arcolmag Art Bookmagazine, Paris publishing house, and Founder of International Friends of Vietnam – IFoV.

Listen to her music here.

Professor Thomas Patterson introduced Global Threats Index

Professor Thomas Patterson introduced Global Threats Index

(Cambridge, MA) – On December 12, Professor Thomas E. Patterson, the Co-founder, member of Boston Global Forum (BGF) Board of Directors, and Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard Kennedy School introduced the Global Threats Index during the conference marking the organization’s two-year anniversary at Shorenstein Center. 

The Global Threat Index (GTI) is developed to provide a snapshot of how the Boston Global Forum panel of expert assess the latest developments in areas that may present critical threats to global peace and stability. The result is then used as a basis for further actions by BGF in its efforts of contribution to the safe and healthy globe.

Read the GTI here:

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BGF to form The Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security (YLNP)

(Cambridge, MA) – As a part of its effort to engage the young people into building and implementing Peace initiatives, the Boston Global Forum (BGF)  announced it will establish The Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security (YLNP) during the conference on December 12, 2014 with international delegates at Shorenstein Center of Harvard Kennedy School.

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(Photo Credit: Boston Global Forum’s conference on December 12, 2014)

The Network will identify exceptionally promising young leaders in the fields of politics, media, business, technology, art, and academics who are under 40 year of age and who have demonstrated a demonstrated interest in the causes of peace and security.  This network will use all the evolving tools of new media and social platforms to reach out to and impact the citizens of the world.

Under the supervision of the Boston Global Forum, the YLNP will :

  • Monitor conflict areas.  YLNP members will encourage people and organizations around the world to send reports about situations in their regions to the Boston Global Forum. Members may also be posted to conflict areas to observe and report on the situation. Monitors around the world will be able to email their reports to: [email protected] .
  • Contribute solutions of their own. YLNP members will propose initiatives, activities, and actions to encourage other nations to respect international laws and conventions.
  • Call on all governments to respect international norms and laws. YLNP members will use social media platforms, petitions, and viral videos to bring pressure to bear on governments to avoid the use of “hard power” to solve conflicts.
  • Call on the US government to lead. YLNP members will lobby the US government to; take a leadership role in the resolution of conflicts, encourage all countries to respect international laws and treaties.
  • Recognize and honor outstanding contributions to Peace and Security. YLNP will identify and honor those people whose work has produced significant contributions to the peace and security in the Pacific  or advances in the field of cyber security.
  • Work to safeguard the freedom of access to information on the Internet. YLNP members will identify problem areas and use new media and social platforms to call help insure the freedom of access to information on the Internet. They will also identify emerging threats of to cyber security and incidents of cyberterrorism.

The work of the Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security will be managed by the Boston Global Forum’s Board of Directors.

Its daily operations will be run by the Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellows.

 

BGF announced “A Framework for Peace and Security in the Pacific”

BGF announced “A Framework for Peace and Security in the Pacific”

(Cambridge, MA, December 12, 2014) – Boston Global Forum (BGF) today announced its Framework for Peace to solve conflicts in the Pacific in an international meeting with a panel of distinguished international relations authorities and academic leaders at Shorenstein Center of Harvard Kennedy School. The event also marked the organization’s two-year birthday anniversary.

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Photo: Professor Thomas Patterson, Professor John Quelch, BGF Editor-in-Chief Nguyen Anh Tuan, and Mr Duong Cuong Anh congratulated the BGF’s birthday.

Former Gov. Michael Dukakis, co-founder & chairman of the Boston Global Forum think tank moderated the discussion whose goal is to prevent armed conflict among the US, China, Japan, Vietnam and other Pacific nations with its Framework for Peace.

The Framework is the culmination of a nearly yearlong series of international meetings that began in April this year with delegates from Cambridge, Washington, DC, Tokyo, and Hanoi including Prof. Joseph Nye, Prof. Thomas E. Patterson; Prof. Erza Vogel; the Hon. Kevin Rudd;President of the Club of Madrid Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga; Nguyen Anh Tuan; Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Michael Fuchs; Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki; Amb.Seiichi Kondo; Prof. Dairokuno Kosaku; Prof. Koichi Hamada; Robert D. Kaplan; Thomas Vallely; Professor Richard Rosecrance; Dr. Patrick M. Cronin; Bonnie S. Glaser; Professor Etel Solingen; Professor John Quelch; Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel; Ambassador Stephen W. Bosworth; Ambassador Swanee Hunt; Professor Suzanne P. Ogden; David E. Sanger; David Case; Professor Jonathan London; Professor Richard Cooper ; Professor Barry Nolan; Llewellyn King; Charles M. Sennott; Dr. Anders Corr;  Richard Pirozzolo; Dr. Elliot Salloway and several supporters.

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Photo: Gov. Dukakis led the discussions of several international relations academic leaders and authorities

The Framework for Peace and Security in the Pacific focused on three aspects:

  • Identifies the greatest threats to peace and security in the Pacific;
  • Underscores principles for creating peace and security in the Pacific, and
  • Introduces viable action steps to promote peace and security in the Pacific.

As part of the Framework, Boston Global Forum also announced establishment of the Young Leaders Network for Peace and Security (YLNP). YLNP is a body of exceptionally promising young leaders in politics, media, business, and academia who are under age 40 and have already demonstrated an interest in the causes of peace and security, and an ability to shape a more secure future.  The YLNP is a part of the Forum’s charter calling for turning the Framework for Peace into a reality.

The BGF also introduced Global Threats Index (GTI) and the Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow Program. The  Global Threats Index (GTI) aims to provide a snapshot of how the BGF’s panel of experts assess the latest developments in areas that may present critical threats to global peace and stability.  The index will be produced monthly under the direction and supervision of Prof. Tom Patterson, the Co-founder, member of the BGF Board of Directors, and Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at Harvard Kennedy School.

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Photo: Mr. Nguyen Anh Tuan presented the Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow Program

While the Michael Dukakis Leadership Fellow Program (MDL) is launched to promotes innovative actions aiming for peace and security to make the world safer and better by providing fellowships for on-the-job training to individuals. The MDL is initiated and fully funded by the Boston Global Forum.

The conference featured appearance of Ms. Nguyen Thi Chau Giang, the concert pianist and painter and Ms. Maribel Lieberman, the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MarieBelle New York Chocolates which is one of the Oprah Winfrey’s “Favorite Things”; and Mr Mau Tuan Le, the founder and CEO of Zenquiz.net, and a MIT PhD candidate. They all presented as the Young Leaders for Peace. 

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Photo: Ms. Nguyen Thi Chau-Giang, Ms. Maribel Lieberman; Mr. Thomas Vallely, and Professor Suzanne P. Ogden (From Left to Right)

Watch the Conference here: