GSI eNewsletter Archives

January 2012

Visions Can Be Fulfilled: GSI eNewsletter
January 2012

1. A Message from the President

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Undersecretary General for Disamament Affairs Sergio Duarte, Jonathan Granoff (GSI)

2. DPE Activities
– GSI hosts Ban Ki-moon on UN Day
– Promoting the SG’s Five Point Proposal
– Advancing International Humanitarian Law
– Launching Nuclear Abolition Forum
– A Call for Abolition from the Central Asian Steppe
– Ongoing work with United Religions Initiative
– India and the Elimination of Nuclear Weapons

3. PNND Activities
– The PNND Annual Assembly
– Freeze Nukes, Fund the Future
– Middle East Zone free of WMD
– Advancing Global Parliamentary Actions
– Building Support for Disarmament in the Swedish Parliament
– Partnerships and Expanding the PNND Network

4. BSG Activities
– Widener University School of Law event
– BSG member joins high-ranking Advisory Board
– Space Security briefing

5. MPI Activities
– A Global Law to Ban Nuclear Weapons
– The Global Tour Continues in Switzerland

6. GSI in the Media

July 12, 2011

Building a Common Purpose: Global Security eNewsletter Summer 2011


Message from the President
MPI Activities
    – New Brief: “A Global Law to Ban Nuclear Weapons”
    – Ottawa Seminar
    – World Capital Tour
    – InterAction Council
    – Swiss Seminar on Irreversibility
    – Geneva Consultation
    – Promoting the Rule of Law

DPE Activities
    – United Religions Initiative
    – Newark Peace Education Summit
    – India urged to take lead on nuclear disarmament
    – Kazakhstan’s World Forum of Spiritual Culture
    – Hiroshima Nobel Laureate Summit

    -Chautauqua Institution Week on Disarmament



PNND Activities
    – PNND encourages P5 to take action
    – Building Support in Australian Parliament  
    – Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly
    – MPs and WMDs for Three Days in Geneva
    – Canadian House of Commons adopts NWC resolution

    – PNND Council Member Leads New Initiative of the Indian Prime Minister
    – Promoting Disarmament and Security in North East Asia

BSG Activities
    – START ratification
    – American Bar Association resolution for the CTBT
    – Recent publications by BSG Members


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Ambassador Richard Butler, AC

December 21, 2010

December 2, 2010

Editorials on START: BSG Chairman in the New York Times, GSI President in Huffington Post

August 6, 2010

Reflecting and Serving on Hiroshima Day



July 12, 2010

Chatauqua: An annual gathering to learn, play, worship, talk, be entertained and be challenged

Australia’s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard

July 7, 2010

Congratulations to PNND Member Julia Gillard

The Global Security Institute, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament, the Middle Powers Initiative and the Bipartisan Security Group extend their most heartfelt congratulations to PNND Member Julia Gillard for her assumption as Prime Minister of Australia.


June 29, 2010

GSI Summer eNewsletter

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Dr. Ivan Olerich of the Federation of American Scientists and GSI President Jonathan Granoff at a BSG-sponsored event at the
NPT Conference in New York

A Message from the President

DPE Activities
– UN Panel Event: Sustainable Security for the 21st Century
– Calling for Cooperation in Iran
– The Middle East and the NPT
– NPT Strategy Session
– Principles, Values and Global Security
– Engaging Students

MPI Activities
– The Middle Powers Initiative at the NPT Review Conference
– MPI Delegation to Seoul

BSG Activities
– Global Responses to Biological Terror
– The US Nuclear Posture Review: Analysis and Opportunities for Progress
– BSG On the Hill
– Addressing Biological Threats: Diplomacy and International Programs

PNND Activities
– Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Gives Keynote at PNND-IPU event at the Review Conference
– Towards a Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone in Northeast Asia
– Parliamentarian support for the Secretary-General’s Five-Point Plan for Nuclear Abolition
– PNND side event at NATO Parliamentary Assembly

GSI In the Media

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UN Messenger of Peace Jane Goodall

April 26, 2010

Upcoming Events at the NPT Review Conference


April 14, 2010

MPI Recommendations for the 2010 NPT Review Conference


February 22, 2010

  Hideo Hiraoka
PNND Member Hideo Hiraoka

204 Japanese Legislators Support Obama’s Vision of
Nuclear Disarmament:  
Obama Opponents’ Arguments on Nuclear Policy Rebutted

PNND member Hideo Hiraoka and 203 other Japanese legislators sent a letter to US President Obama supporting his stated policy objectives of moving towards a world without nuclear weapons—undercutting a key argument against President Obama’s nuclear disarmament vision.

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President-Elect Laura Chinchilla with PNND Global Coordinator Alyn Ware

February 10, 2010

Laura Chinchilla Wins Presidency of Costa Rica
PNND Members in leadership positions worldwide

February 3, 2010

  Jonathan Granoff and Deepak Chopra

New Multimedia and Analyais

Deepak Chopra video blogs feauring Jonathan Granoff

New analysis from Henrik Salander, Douglas Roche, Alyn Ware, Jonathan Granoff, Thomas Graham and Robert Grey, Jr.





December 16, 2009

Jonathan Granoff at the 2009 Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates  
GSI President Granoff in Berlin. Panel includes Paolo Cotta-Ramusino (Pugwash Conferences), F.W. de Klerk, Giulietto Chiesa (World Political Forum) and Mikhail Gorbachev.

GSI Year-End eNewsletter

A Message from the President

MPI Activities
– MPI and Swiss UN Permament Mission Host 74 Representatives from Government and Civil Society
– MPI Chairman Gives Keynote Address at International NGO Conference

PNND Activities
– PNND at the United Nations
– PNND Global Coordinator Wins Right Livelihood Award
– High-level meetings in Costa Rica
– PNND Around the World


DPE Activities
– UN Panel on Outer Space Security
– Religions for Peace Launches Global Youth Disarmament Campaign
– Inter-religious Panel in Washington, DC
– Getting to Zero: How and When?
– Peace Constitutions for Global Disarmament
– Disarmament and Bridging Cultures

BSG Activities
– Congressional Advocacy
– START Briefing in the House of Representatives
– Analyzing the Obama administration’s new anti-bioweapons strategy: Briefing on Capitol Hill

New Multimedia Resources
– Video resources
Critically acclaimed new book featuring GSI
– Op/eds


October 13, 2009

PNND Global Coordinator Alyn Ware to Receive Right Livelihood Award


October 1, 2009

GSI UN Events Invitation- Autumn 2009


September 25, 2009

GSI E-Alert: Extraordinary Week at the United Nations

September 14, 2009

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MPI Statement to the UN Security Council

The Middle Powers Initiative today released a statement to the Security Council regarding priorities we believe should be the focus of the Council summit on September 24.

September 2, 2009

Articles of Interest:

  • MPI Chairman Emeritus Douglas Roche, O.C. published “Obama Needs Friends on Nuclear Weapons,” in Embassy magazine;
  • GSI President Jonathan Granoff published “Nuclear Weapons Free: Let’s Support President Obama,” in the Huffington Post;
  • MPI International Steering Committee member Hiro Umebayashi published, “Japan Ready for ‘No Nukes,'” in The Japan Times;
  • PNND Global Coordinator Alyn Ware honored by his alma mater;
  • new video, “Nuclear weapons in the Age of Obama,” features several GSI leaders;
  • GSI is now on Facebook and Twitter.

July 14, 2009

Distinguished Awards Presented to GSI Leadership

Doug Roche receives award  

Jonathan Granoff receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Rutgers University Law School

11th Distinguished Service Award to presented to the Honourable Douglas Roche, O.C., Chairman Emeritus of the Middle Powers Initiative



July 7, 2009


In Memoriam: Robert S. McNamara

On July 6, 2009, Robert McNamara died. On behalf of the Global Security Institute, I offer our deepest condolences to his friends and family. We pray that he rests in eternal peace, forgiveness, and love.


June 23, 2009


A Message from the President

Max Kampelman with Ban Ki-Moon and Jonathan Granoff  

GSI Activities
– “Voices of Experience,” UN Panel Event
– Meeting with the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
– Briefing at the UN: Human Development is National Security
– Book Launch at the United Nations
– CTBT Briefing and Strategy Session with the Government of Austria

MPI Activities
– “Progressive Initiatives” PrepCom panel
– MPI Honors PrepCom Chairman Chidyausiku
– Brookings-US Institute for Peace Event
– Brown bag lunch series: “What is the NPT?”

PNND Activities
PNND Update #24 available
– “The Role of Parliamentarians” discussed at the United Nations
– GSI Testimony to the UK House of Commons

BSG Activities
– Meetings on the Hill
– Council on Foreign Relations


(L-R): Ambassador Chidyausiku, Joe Cirincione (Ploughshares Fund), Anna-Lisa Giannella (EU Commission), Ambassador Salander, Senator Roche and Jonathan Granoff

photo credit: Malcolm Carter

DPE Activities
– “Overcoming Nuclear Dangers” in Rome
– GSI Board Member leads US evangelical movement to abolish nuclear weapons
– Millennium Development Goals Awards Ceremony
– CSIS Conference at the US Naval Academy
– GSI Senior Officer at Fordham University
– UN Launch of Reflections, the Yale Divinity School magazine
– GSI Leaders Receive Awards

GSI In the Media

May 20, 2009

Special invitation from Amb. Bob Grey: Jonathan Granoff to receive Armitage Award from Rutgers University Law School

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UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas

April 21, 2009

Upcoming Events at the United Nations, featuring UN High Representative Sergio Duarte, GSI Board Member Christie Brinkley, UN Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas, parliamentarians from around the world and more.

Registration is required by April 29, 2009!


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Jonathan Granoff speaking at the MDG Awards Ceremony in the General Assembly hall

April 14, 2009

Project Report: Millennium Development Goals Award Ceremony at the United Nations

Foreign Minister Gernot Erhler with Henrik Salander  

March 9, 2009

Reports, transcripts, presentations and photographs from the Berlin Article VI Forum are now available.


March 5, 2009


Special Invitation to the Millennium Development Goals Awards at the United Nations: Vanessa Redgrave, Jonathan Granoff, Armand Assante and Sol Guy to co-host.


January 16, 2009

GSI radio announcement: Maya Angelou, Jonathan Granoff and Alan Steinfeld on
Deepak Chopra’s satellite radio show


January 15, 2009

GSI eAlert

Henrik Salander  

– A Message from the President
– A Message from MPI Chairman Ambassador Henrik Salander
Memo to Obama: GSI President Jonathan Granoff’s appeal to President-elect Barack Obama, published in Tikkun magazine
– MPI releases new briefing paper, “A Global Public Good of the Highest Order”, prepared for the sixth meeting of the Article VI Forum, Berlin, January 2009.
PNND Update #22 now available




October 30, 2008

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(L-R): Mr. Jonathan Granoff, President of the Global Security Institute, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary of Defense William Perry and Executive Secretary of the CTBTO Preparatory Commission, Mr. Tibor Toth.

Progress on Disarmament

– UN Secretary-General’s Five-Point Proposal
– Nuclear Weapons Convention strategy session
– Promoting the CTBT at the United Nations
– Yale Divinity School conference, “Are We Safe Yet?”

September 12, 2008

GSI eAlert:

– In Memoriam: Dr. Alan Phillips
– GSI Event Calendar, Autumn 2008



August 18, 2008

GSI eAlert: An open letter to the Foreign Ministers of the Nuclear Suppliers Group


August 12, 2008

An update from the Middle Powers Initiative: Final report of the Dublin Article VI Forum released


July 28, 2008

Bob Grey  
Ambassador Robert Grey, Jr., Director of the Bipartisan Security Group

1. What’s Next for India’s Nuclear Trade Future: Press Briefing on Key Issues before the IAEA, NSG and US Congress

2. MPI Chairman Calls on World Leaders to Stop US/India Trade Deal

3. PNND Notes, 2008 edition, now available

4. Video from the High-Level Conference in India now available: Prime Minister Singh, Vice-President Ansari, GSI President Granoff and MPI Chairman Roche included
5. The People Vs. The Bomb: An independent documentary airs on Hiroshima Day

Summer Announcement

A message from the President


May 30, 2008

Spring eNewsletter

New NY office  


1. GSI Office Move

2. DPE Activities

India Celebrates 20 years of the Rajiv Gandhi Plan
Overcoming Nuclear Dangers Conference, Harvard University
GSI Board Member Christie Brinkley Receives Smart Cookie Award from Condé Nast
Thinking Outside the Bomb: Action on nuclear weapons, the environment and health
California State University lecture: Religious, ethical and legal dimensions of WMD
Nobel Peace Laureates for a Better World, Haverford College
Educating Students at the Model United Nations, New York
American Bar Association Showcase Presentation with Richard Belzer
Israeli Civil Society Experts Reach Out to International Community

3. MPI Activities

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Hon. Douglas Roche, O.C. with IPPNW Vice President Shri M. Hamid Ansari of India

photo credit: Roman Sandoz, IPPNW



Article VI Forum, Dublin
Advancing a Nuclear Weapons-Free NATO
MPI Events at the NPT PrepCom, Geneva
MPI Chairman’s Address to the IPPNW Congress, New Delhi
Expert Seminar in Canada

4. BSG Activities

Letter to Congress Opposing RRW
US-India deal: Advocacy for responsibility in nuclear trade
Advocating for a High-Level Panel on Space Security
Statement on Wall Street Journal op/ed

5. PNND Activities

NATO Parliamentary Assembly event
PNND Co-Presidents’ Statement on International Women’s Day
Pugwash, Parliamentarians and Political Will, July 10-12 2008
PNND in Africa

6. GSI In the Media

Jonathan Granoff on Air America Radio
Radio, print and video feature


April 28, 2008

MPI Report from the Article VI Forum, Dublin: Summary report and seminar in Geneva


April 25, 2008

Double Event Invitation:

Tuesday, April 29- Weapons of Mass Destruction: Religious, Ethical and Legal Dimensions of An Unignorable Imperative; California State University, Northridge

Saturday, May 10- Thinking Outside the Bomb: Action on nuclear weapons, the environment and health; Philadelphia, PA

Jonathan Granoff, Christie Brinkley, George Clooney
GSI President Jonathan Granoff,
GSI Board Member Christie Brinkley and
Nobel Peace Summit Award Recipient George Clooney

April 15, 2008

Richard Belzer to Host Jonathan Granoff on Air America Radio


April 14, 2008

A Message from GSI Board Member Christie Brinkley


March 14, 2008

GSI President’s Iran Conference Report


March 3, 2008

GSI President Reports on Meeting with Prime Minister Brown and President Gorbachev


January 21, 2008


– A Message from BSG Chairman Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr.
“Toward a Nuclear-Free World,” op/ed in the Wall Street Journal by Secretaries of State George Schultz and Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of Defense William Perry and former Senator Sam Nunn

December 11, 2007

This newsletter is also available in PDF

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PNND Co-Presidents Alexa McDonough and Marian Hobbs speaking at the United Nations



1. A Message from the President

2. PNND Activities
– Five Women Leaders elected Co-Presidents of PNND
– Christie Brinkley and parliamentarians working to abolish nuclear weapons
– Preventing Nuclear Genocide, PNND address by Senator Roméo Dallaire, former Commander of the UN Forces in Rwanda
– PNND Presentation at UN conference in Sapporo, Japan
-“Books not Bombs,” International Peace Bureau seminar in Alexandria, Egypt
– PNND Name Change
– PNND Update 19 now available in English, Spanish and Arabic


3. MPI Activities
– MPI Panel event at the United Nations
– MPI seminar: “An International Sustainable Energy Agency”
– MPI seminar: “Fuel Cycle Challenges to the Disarmament/Nonproliferation Regime”
– MPI seminar: “Confidence-building Measures Towards a Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone in the Middle East”
– MPI Statement on Iran – MPI/GSI Reception for UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Sergio Duarte
– MPI Chairman Launches New Book, Global Conscience

4. BSG Activities
– Capitol Hill briefing on bioweapons
– Reach to Space Conference

5. DPE Activities
– Festival of Faiths
– Universal Forum of Cultures
– 30th Anniversary of the Jane Goodall Institute
– Children Uniting Nations
– ABA Showcase Presentation with Jonathan Granoff and Bob Geldof
– Albert Schweitzer’s Legacy: The Dangers of Nuclear Weapons
– Civil Society Peace Forum



6. GSI Activities
          – Non-proliferation law panel at the Interparliamentary Union Hearing at the United Nations
          – Advancing a Cooperative Regime in Space: Panels, workshops, a film and a precedent
          – UN Panel Event: Operational Status of Nuclear Weapons

     7. In The Media

     8. Other Announcements
          – Staff Changes
          – In Memoriam: Dr. Randall Forsberg


September 27, 2007

Upcoming Events Update

September 20, 2007

The Bipartisan Security Group lauds MPI statement on the US/Iran Confrontation


September 17, 2007

Ongoing Initiatives and Upcoming Events


August 1, 2007


A message from the President

GSI News
–   GSI Event Report: “Weapons in Space and the Disarmament/Non-proliferation Regime”
–  Policy Brief: Advancing a Cooperative Security Regime in Outer Space
–  Consultation on Outer Space Security, featuring Dr. Detlev Wolter
–  GSI Presentation to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters
–  GSI Communiqués: Nos. 1 and 2

MPI News


–  MPI Co-Hosts Historic Conference in Pugwash, Nova Scotia
–  MPI Perspectives on the NPT Preparatory Process
–  MPI Chairman Douglas Roche, O.C. presents to the Canadian House of Commons
– MPI Expert and PNND Coordinator Presents to the European Parliament
–  Canadian Senator Roméo Dallaire welcomes the work of MPI in a motion in the Senate
–  MPI Presentation at Moscow Conference
–  Dhanapala, Johnson Named MPI Expert Consultants

BSG News
–  GSI/BSG/WMDC events in Washington
–  BSG Congressional Testimony Released
–  Presentation to the Organization of American States

–  Celebrating the 20th anniversary of New Zealand’s Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone Status

Secretary-General Ban Appoints High Representative for Disarmament

New books by GSI leadership

July 2, 2007

Notice: Official GSI/BSG testimony to House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations is now available


June 2007

GSI Communiqué No. 2


May 2, 2007
Event Report


Strategy session at the GSI office with Jeffrey Sachs, the President of Slovenia and others
Dr. Jeffrey Sachs, Slovenian President Janez Drnovšek, GSI President Jonathan Granoff at Global Impact Forum planning sessions

Middle Powers Initiative Briefs and Reports

Events at the Gathering of States Parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in Vienna

Events in Washington, DC

GSI Mourns the Loss of Nagasaki Mayor Itoh

Global Impact Forum planning session

Senator Romeo Dallaire Calls on Canada to Take Lead at PrepCom

April 2007

GSI Communiqué No. 1

March 27, 2007


A Message from GSI President Jonathan Granoff

GSI Activities
– Consultation on Security in Outer Space
– Global Creative Leadership Summit

MPI Activities
– Global Issues Forum

BSG Activities
– American Bar Association Panel on Nuclear Weapons

PNND Activities
– PNND Program in the Middle East
– Treaty of Tlatelolco 40th Anniversary
– PNND Update #16

DPE Activities

– Guest Lecture at Sunday Services
– Citizens for Global Solutions
– Panel on Space Security at Haverford College

Upcoming Activities
– Article VI Forum, Vienna
– Advancing a Cooperative Security Regime in Outer Space, Vienna
– Project for Nuclear Awareness, Washington, DC

GSI In the News

Other News
– NGO Working Group on the Security Council
– World Academy of Art and Science

March 20, 2007


Announcement of conference of the Project for Nuclear Awareness

January 17, 2007


Message from BSG Director Ambassador Robert Grey

A World Free of Nuclear Weapons, Op-Ed by George P. Shultz, William J. Perry, Henry A. Kissinger, and Sam Nunn

The Rome Declaration

January 8, 2007


Nancy Pelosi

Message from the President

Highlight of Activities
– MPI Convenes Third Meeting of the Article VI Forum, Ottawa, Canada
– BSG Offers Congressional Hearing Testimony, Washington, DC
– PNND Update
– World Summit of Nobel Laureates, Rome, Italy
– Panel Discussion, “United Nations and Security,” United Nations, New York, NY
– Clinton Global Initiative, New York, NY
– Dropping Knowledge, Berlin, Germany
– Panel Discussion, “Revitalizing Nuclear Disarmament Norms”, United Nations, New York, NY
– First Committee Monitoring
– High-Level Delegation to Ottawa, Canada

GSI in the News

Other News
– GSI New York office opening and reception
– GSI welcomes new team members, Rhianna Tyson and Adam Nester
– Sally Lilienthal memorial

December 15, 2006


The Rome Declaration

Ensuing Australian parliamentary resolution

June 2, 2006


GSI Experts to Work Closely with WMD Commission

Middle Powers Initiative to Conduct High-Level Delegation to Canada

GSI Experts Represent International Peace Bureau at Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in South Korea

January 1, 2006


Message from the President

Ambassador Jayantha Dhanapala joins GSI Advisory Board

Highlight of Activities:
– MPI Article VI Forum in New York
– PNND 2005 Report
– General Conference of OPANAL, Santiago, Chile
– PNND Assembly, Seoul, Republic of Korea
– Panel Discussion, “Moving Forward on Disarmament and Non-proliferation,” United Nations, NY
– Panel Event, “Space Security: Core Issues and Questions,” United Nations, NY
– Space Weaponization Briefing, Washington, DC
– BSG and MPI brief Congressional staffers, Washington, DC
– BSG Seminar on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation, The Hague, Netherlands
– Symposium on Bio-security and UN Security Council Resolution 1540, New York, NY
– Earth Charter Summit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
– Model UN Conference, Philadelphia, PA
– Reverence for Life Conference, Qunnipiac University, CT

MPI Chair Honored by Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

Jim Wurst joins GSI team as MPI Program Director

John Koogler joins GSI team as Administrative Director

New books available from MPI and BSG Chairs

September 7, 2005


Honoring a Man Who Remembered His Humanity: Sir Joseph Rotblat (1908-2005)
– Message from Jonathan Granoff
– Message from President Mikhail Gorbachev, GSI Advisory Board Member
– Message from Dr. David Krieger, President of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and MPI Steering Committee member

August 10, 2005


1. MPI Chairman delivers address for 60th Anniversary of Hiroshima bombing, Hiroshima, Japan

2. MPI Chairman interview on Australian Broadcast Radio

3. Texts of testimonies by Hiroshima Mayor Akiba and Nagasaki
4. Mayor Itoh to the International Court of Justice

5. GSI and MPI honor Mayors for Peace


June 15, 2005

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