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Jim Garrison

Understanding the pathway to war enables us to fashion a pathway to peace

The war in Ukraine has brought the world to the most dangerous moment in our lifetime. We are now witnessing escalating conflict between superpowers and a growing probability of a nuclear exchange. Going to war at a moment when we should all be cooperating to deal with climate disaster is potentially catastrophic for humanity. We must all understand the context for the war and how we as spiritually committed people can come together to demand a ceasefire and diplomacy. Understanding the pathway to war enables us to fashion a pathway to peace.


Dr. James Garrison is founder and president of Ubiquity University and the convener of Humanity Rising. He came to this having served as president of Wisdom University which he led from 2005 – 2012, after which he led its transition into Ubiquity University, established in 2012. He has spent his entire professional life in executive leadership, including as co-founder and president of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA (1992 – 1995) and State of the World Forum (1995 – 2004) with Mikhail Gorbachev serving as convening chairman.  Jim received his B.A in History from the University of Santa Clara, an MA in History of Religion from Harvard University, and a PhD in Philosophical Theology from Cambridge University. He has written numerous books, including The Plutonium Culture, America as Empire, The Darkness of God: Theology after Hiroshima, Citizen Diplomacy, and Civilization and the Transformation of Power. He lectures regularly on comparative philosophy and religion, world history and politics, and the implications of global warming.