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Audio of Johan Galtung on Middle East Uprisings & the Decline of American Empire
by AC Sandino II
Monday Feb 21st, 2011 1:52 PM
On Thursday February 17th Professor Johan Galtung spoke at Zachary's restaurant in Santa Cruz about recent happenings in the Middle East and North Africa being signs of the unraveling of US influence in the region and US empire in general. His talk is about an hour and 11 minutes long and 65 MB and the Q and A session is half an hour and 26 MB.
Johan Galtung is widely known as the pioneering founder of the academic discipline of peace studies. He has served as a professor for peace studies and peace research at the universities of Oslo, Berlin, Belgrad, Paris and Hawaii, just to name a few, and has mediated in about 50 conflicts between states and nations since 1957.

Born 1930 in Oslo, Norway, Prof. Johan Galtung holds PhDs in mathematics and sociology. He currently lectures in a Masters Course at the World Peace Academy associated with the University of Basel and is director of the Transcend Peace University, the world's first online Peace Studies University and a global non-profit network Transcend International dedicated to high level mediation and conflict resolution through nonviolent means and methods. “Transcend International” connects about 400 experts active in concrete peace and reconciliation work across the globe.

Prof. Galtung's latest book is a provacative look at the US, its influence globally and its future. Even the title is controversial: The Fall of the US Empire–And Then What?: Successors, Regionalization or Globalization? US Fascism or US Blossoming?

Some fun Links about Johan Galtung:
§Questions and Answers
by AC Sandino II Monday Feb 21st, 2011 1:52 PM
Half an hour and 26 MB
§Photo of Johan Galtung
by AC Sandino II Monday Feb 21st, 2011 1:52 PM
§One More Thing!!!
by AC Sandino II Tuesday Mar 1st, 2011 12:02 PM
The Resource Center for Nonviolence and the Integrities Foundation were the two main co-sponsors of the evening program and Johan Galtung's visit to the area. The Monterey Institute of International Studies also brought several classes of grad school students.