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A World Security Community of Democratic Nations

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Christopher John Hamer

1President, Coalition for a World Security Community.

2School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

*Corresponding author: Christopher John Hamer

Abstract

Humanity faces some catastrophic risks to our future well-being.  Foremost among them are the new dangers posed by unchecked global warming, and the ongoing threat of nuclear annihilation.  It is clear that all of us as world citizens must work together to counter and remove these risks, and for this purpose we need stronger institutions of global governance.  Ideally we need a world government, some form of democratic world federation, where our representatives can decide what needs to be done collectively to solve these problems, and have the power to implement these decisions by means of binding laws and regulations.  Democracy must be a fundamental principle of any such system, in order to uphold basic human rights and to guard against any danger of tyranny or autocracy at the global level.  Up till now, however, all attempts to reform the United Nations in this direction have failed.  We propose as a first step towards a safer world that democratic nations around the globe should join together to form a World Security Community, embracing various existing alliances such as NATO and the Quad.  Acting strictly in conjunction with the UN Security Council, this Community would form a very powerful new force for peace and security in the world.  It would be able to guarantee the security of all its members, and also provide powerful new facilities for peace building in the wider world in collaboration with the UN.  We explore a possible structure for such a community, and its advantages, in some detail.  Such a community would form a natural starting point for the evolution over time of a genuine global parliament, copying the strategy of stage-by-stage international integration which has led to the present European Union.  Working alongside the OECD, which should also deepen collaboration among democracies on collective economic, social and environmental policies, the new Community would lay the foundations for our ultimate vision of a democratic world federation able to deal effectively with all our global problems and catastrophic risks.  The upcoming Summit for Democracy proposed by President Biden should offer a golden opportunity for progress in this direction.

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A World Security Community of Democratic Nations

How to cite this paper: Christopher John Hamer. (2021) A World Security Community of Democratic NationsJournal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science5(2), 192-203.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26855/jhass.2021.07.003

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