New Vision for a New World
How can we, as communities and nations, work best to achieve national and global security?
Strategic Demands offers new, forward-looking solutions to many of the most critical questions impacting our modern world. Today’s communications network, linked through an unprecedented global Internet, provides unprecedented opportunities politics and economics.
Networked citizens are, as a matter of cross-border communication, becoming citizens of nations *and* global citizens. Strategic Demands envisions this new communications reality within an arc of history. A new vision of the 21st Century shapes our world and as Planet Citizens we are acting to shape a new 360° world.
Our inter-connected world is ripe with possibilities and potential, but weighed down with ‘old ways’ of seeking security. Costs of conflict and war continue to haunt us even as voices among all nations call for a transformation in thinking about how to achieve real, lasting security, Old threats and new security threats face us.
Strategic Demands and its associate GreenPolicy360 are working together to envision 21st Century New Definitions of National and Global Security. Profound new security challenges are beginning to be recognized. #ClimateCrisis as a #hashtags and #trending topic cuts through the Net, the World Wide Web. Cyber conflict is now coming up against digital rights and digital responsibility, privacy rights and vast databases compiling and acting on personal information. Warnings are being sounded, dire scenarios being written, existential threats of a new nuclear weapons race and a rising climate crisis are here, amid daily personal, family, community and national challenges.
Will we, as connected citizens with mutual interests and quests for quality of life, be capable of pivoting, of pivoting from the old ways and stepping up with new strategies and tactics, new policies and solutions, to face the array of old and new threats?
Strategic Demands / StratDem
Our Mission, a New Vision of Security
Strategic Demands was established to develop “New Definitions of National Security”. Our goal is bringing together independent perspectives, to reach out and go beyond conventional thinking. to expand the national and global security debate.
As a U.S. based initiative, we are venturing beyond the current Washington DC/New York/Boston corridor of policy think tanks limited in its politics, caught up in competition for influence and positions under U.S. Democrat and Republican administrations.
Our perspective offers independence, and draws from thinkers both left and right, Democrat and Republican, as well as major-minor parties such as the Greens and Libertarians.
Strategic Demands and its association with GreenPolicy360 look toward independent thought. We see trendlines — several decades of polls indicating U.S. voters have increasingly self-identified as “Independent”, neither Democrat or Republican. Over 40% of Americans now identify themselves as “Independent”.
The two major parties each are, in the second decade of the 21st Century, below 30% in voter affiliation. Congress has become a standoff between the parties as few serious policies find bipartisan support. The Trump presidency leaves office amid dissension and an assault by extreme partisans attempts to stop Congress from certifying the 2020 election results. Amid escalated rhetoric, the tensions and political attacks, we see global challenges that must be addressed. The world doesn’t stop as the U.S. political implodes. A new “eco-nomics”, new strategies to face global threats to all nations must be sought and put into concerted action campaigns.
Yet, across the world, crisis expands. A new global disease, pandemic rages. Regional wars flare and across the Middle East and Near East the results of decades of U.S war continue. Millions of migrants flee across the region as nations collapse and reactions in Europe with new nationalism follows. The U.S. looks to leave Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, and avoid failed policy, although its some 800 military bases across the globe remain a work of hegemony. Overextended with trillions in war-related costs and blowback from failed wars, the U.S. foreign policy now must bring a new ‘threat assessment’ as a new Cold War, nuclear arms race breaks out and relations deteriorate with Russia, China and countries who have reacted to an “America First” Trump presidency.
Estimates of $6 trillion+ having been spent on U.S. wars since the beginning of the first Iraq war reveals only part of the cost in U.S. blood and treasure, as opportunity costs rise. The loss of investment ‘at home’, in economic development in the U.S., has led to deteriorated infrastructure, loss of jobs, hardened politics. In a previous political era it might be said that the U.S. ‘tooks its eye off the ball’ and struck out as a result. The sports analogy from the world of competition is not far removed from the reality.
National and global challenges, domestic and cross-border needs, health and environmental crises continue to be set aside as nations find themselves constrained by narrowed interests and ‘old ways’ of seeing threats.
The new threats are here and now led by two overarching strategic questions — how to immediately and comprehensively deal with the climate crisis and how to halt nuclear weapons proliferation. The world is getting hotter, the atmosphere hotter, land and oceans hotter, the nuclear weapons threat hotter.
A successful 21st century security strategy to confront unprecedented existential threats.
Strategic Demands looks to the ‘big picture’, how we see the world and as connected digital citizens, how we can successfully engage in civic action.
When we’re online, we are shaping politics, government, and transactional markets — while governments watch and commercial interests monitor our metrics, patterns, and behavior. Billions of individuals are connected today as never before — a future shaped by networked citizens, Netizens — citizens of nations and ‘citizens of the planet.’ A global and local, national and interconnected worldview is possible and achievable.
Ours is a more complicated world, even as it is a more connected world.
As the United States, after decades of war and debilitating failed militarism looks to finding new answers, Strategic Demands speaks of civil liberties and civil rights, an expanding rights agenda and an integral security that joins the nations and peoples of the world in a common cause.
A vision of freedom, liberty, rights is attainable. A better world is possible for all peoples and nations.
The time has come again to move beyond failed policies of the past.As an interconnected mutl-ethnic, multi-national world of diverse people and ideas we have opportunities through networked communication that previous generations did not have as they looked out at their world.
Today, initiatives that light up one community on one continent can become, via the Internet, a model for similar initiatives in communities globally. Forward-looking ideas and policies can be shared across borders.
It is time for sharing our best ideas, best ideas for all people and nations. It is time for new visions of security.
Visit Strategic Demands Associated Site – GreenPolicy360
Strategic Demands origins connect deeply with the work of GreenPolicy360. The intersection began in the 1960s, with a new Congressman, George E. Brown from East Los Angeles and a young debater, a high school student who set in motion with the Congressman a multi-year journey to develop climate/environmental science and generational activism and strong, deep opposition to nuclear weapons.
On the 50th Anniversary: Memories on the Road to the First Earth Day
Links to voices of StratDem/GreenPolicy360 —
Steven Schmidt – Editor
George E. Brown
Gov. Jerry Brown
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