Defusing World Crises:
A Scientific Approach
World leaders are struggling to find appropriate and effective responses to many ongoing crises and conflicts around the globe—in Syria and the Middle East, Ukraine, Africa, and elsewhere. These conflicts have already displaced and traumatized millions of people and destabilized regional balances of power, leading to the largest migration of refugees since World War II.
Unfortunately, the options available to our military and political leaders to resolve these conflicts are poor. Military approaches lead to further loss of life, inflame an already volatile society, and often trigger a retaliatory response—the historical downside of attempting to create peace and democracy through violence. Diplomacy and negotiated settlements may take years and often break down, leading to further regional instability. How can these political, social, and humanitarian challenges be addressed and overcome?
Defusing Conflict at its Source
Research shows that war and social conflict are fueled by acute societal stress—mounting political, ethnic and religious tensions among rival factions that, if unchecked, inevitably erupt as social violence. Research similarly shows that it is possible to effectively defuse such acute societal tensions through the use of powerful, stress-reducing, peace-promoting technologies by a tiny fraction of the population, most commonly within the military or even large schools or universities.
On the individual level, published research has shown that certain stress-reducing methods have been found to neutralize even severe stress, including post-traumatic stress (PTS), within days—calming hyperactivity in the amygdala (“fear center” of the brain) and restoring balanced brain functioning in servicemen and -women, veterans, and victims of violence in war-torn areas.
On a societal scale, the approach of restoring calm and quelling social violence through the use of similar techniques by small embedded groups in society has been extensively field tested—in the Middle East and throughout the world. The consistent result has been marked reductions in terrorism, war, aggressiveness and social violence in the affected populations. These findings have been replicated, published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals, and endorsed by hundreds of leading scientists and scholars. The efficacy of this approach is scientifically beyond question.
Achieving societal peace in a nation or a region torn by deep-seated political and religious tensions and by a thirst for blood vengeance is historically difficult—especially given the underlying physiological root cause of social violence: acute and pervasive societal stress. Without addressing the buildup and exacerbation of societal stress, standard approaches to conflict resolution are unlikely to succeed.
However, once such tensions have been substantially defused, achieving and maintaining societal peace becomes comparatively easy. Under these circumstances, conventional diplomatic approaches will meet with surprising success.
Extensive published research findings, addressing previous conflicts in the Middle East, have confirmed that war and violence can be swiftly defused, and that a negotiated settlement can be reached among the warring factions—if the acute societal tensions can be alleviated. This outcome can be achieved with relative ease, with cooperation by even a relatively small contingency within the Middle East or any other area of conflict.
The Global Union of Scientists for Peace (GUSP) stands ready to provide the requisite training in the relevant brain-based, peace-promoting technologies to designated members of the military, to students in large universities, or to employees at a sizable company in any conflict-torn country or region. The techniques, which include the Transcendental Meditation program and related advanced techniques, are systematic, easily learned, devoid of religious or philosophical content, and immediately effective. They are already being used to combat PTSD by a growing number of militaries and have been incorporated into military training—and are also widely used in schools and businesses around the world.
Nothing to Lose
The prospect of ending tragic violence and confrontation around the world in an expeditious way through a scientifically proven approach may seem too good to be true. Fortunately, the scientific method has strict empirical criteria for assessing the truth or falsehood of any hypotheses. By the strictest standards of modern science, this approach has been rigorously verified.
There is nothing to lose and potentially much to gain by applying this approach. The costs are trivial: for a fraction of the cost of a full-fledged military or police operation, enough troops or policemen can be trained—or factory workers, civil servants, or students at one or more universities—that a marked and demonstrable effect will be seen relatively immediately.
All that is needed is that a government or military leader designates an appropriately sized group of participants (about the square root of 1% of the population under consideration) who could be trained in the relevant, brain-based peace-promoting technologies. Then GUSP will organize to provide the necessary training.
Once implemented, the results will be:
- A demonstrable, marked reduction in social violence and aggression, including military and terrorist activities, within 60 days;
- Growth of harmonious relations among all parts of the country;
- With restored order, improved economic and social trends within the country and the region;
- As an added side benefit, improved health, readiness, and resilience of the policemen, soldiers, students, workers or employees involved in the project.
Without addressing the underlying cause of social and political conflicts—mounting tensions among competing representatives within the crisis-ridden region—even if a political or violent solution to a current crisis were found, history shows that there will be another. And another….
The time to act is now.
John Hagelin, Ph.D., President
Global Union of Scientists for Peace
The Global Union of Scientists for Peace is a coalition of leading scientists,
founded to prevent war, terrorism and nuclear proliferation, and to promote
safe, scientifically proven technologies for national security and global peace.