Bexhill and Hastings United Nations Association

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Can Military Interventions and Warfare be steps on the Path to Peace? These were the issues for discussion by Bexhill and Hastings Branch of United Nations Association on Saturday. Events of recent months and weeks; refugees fleeing Syria, terrorism in Sharm El Sheik, Paris and Mali made the subject matter both pertinent and relevant.

The meeting was led by Sheila Kesby. Her informative presentation covered the historical narrative from the inception of the United Nations in 1945 to the current time, and in particular the refugee crisis, the Arab Spring, Syria and Daiesh (ISIS) . The global refugee situation was expected to be resolved by about 1948, and yet in 2014 59.5 million people were forced to flee their homes globally. The current geo-political response was summarized including the events of the last few days in Vienna.

The presentation was followed by a group discussion covering a diversity of subjects, including gender democracy, the psychological dimensions including the continuum of co-operation and competitiveness between humans, the determinants of peace, the use of cyberspace as a weapon of destruction, The ethical framework and economics of armaments, and the rhetoric and commitment of United Nations and UN Security Council member states.

Meeting members held a general consensus that recent and more distant history demonstrated the failure of military action. However, peace was considered an unlikely outcome without co-ordinated and committed political momentum by all UN states and the engagement and involvement of all the Arab States, including those funding Daiesh (ISIS).

Your local United Nations Association Meeting offers the opportunity for an informed debate over a range of important national and global issues. Next Meeting is Saturday 27th February 11am. . ‘Great Powers and Uniting Nations’. Meeting Room, Parkhurst Hall TN39 3JA. FREE. Coffee 10.30am All Welcome

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