Betty Reardon & The Ikeda Center: An Experiment in Alternative Thinking about Global Issues

Over the course of the spring/summer of 2017, the Ikeda Center worked with feminist peace educator and civil society activist Betty Reardon to plan a two-part seminar series for Boston-area university students. With Daisaku Ikeda’s annual peace proposals as a guide, students will consider creative modes of responding to and ameliorating difficult global challenges, centering on the abolition of nuclear weapons. This essay is adapted from the seminar purpose statement and learning objectives so that readers can also engage with seminar themes and begin to shape their own creative responses to pressing problems confronting our world. 

Legal Limits on Presidential Power to Launch Nuclear Strike

The Global Campaign for Peace Education, concerned about the current nuclear crisis and the continued neglect of the possibilities of law to reduce the frequency and severity of international violence, is undertaking to offer ideas and proposals that inspire consideration of such possibilities. We begin the offerings with observations on executive power to initiate a nuclear strike by a distinguished international lawyer and peace activist, Peter Weiss.

Antony Owen: Author of "The Nagasaki Elder"

A new peace poetry collection on the atomic bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki

“The Nagasaki Elder” by Antony Owen is a poignantly vivid account of the suffering endured by civilians caught up in both the immediate and long term aftermath of the atomic bombings on Japan. This is an essential poetry collection for peace educators.

Ex-Soviet Leader Gorbachev Calls on US, Russia to Lead Efforts Preventing Nuclear War. (Photo: © Sputnik/ Ramil Sitdikov)

Gorbachev Calls on Nobel Peace Prize Winners to Push Nuclear Disarmament Agenda

Former USSR President and Nobel Prize Peace winner Mikhail Gorbachev urged other winners to push for nuclear disarmament and demilitarization. He noted that all winners were united by the desire to spread the ideas of peace and a culture of peace among the citizens and especially among young people.

Free online course – Living at the Nuclear Brink: Yesterday and Today

This free online course is offered by Stanford University in partnership with The William J Perry Project, an initiative created by the former Secretary of Defense to work towards a world in which nuclear weapons are never used again. The key goals of this course are to warn you of the dangers you face and to give you some insight on what could be done to avoid those dangers. The course differs from many others in a fundamental way: our goal is not just to provide facts for your education, but to inspire you to take action.