In a speech delivered at the John F. Kennedy School of Government on May 13, 1996, US Secretary of Defense Perry asserted that America's security policy in the post-Cold War era requires the country to take advantage of the opportunity to prevent the conditions for conflict and to help create the conditions for peace. He stressed that there is an imperative "to make preventive defense the first line of defense of America, with deterrence the second line of defense, and with military conflict the third and last resort." As articulated by Secretary Perry, preventive defense means enhancing "the conditions which support peace, making war less likely and deterrence unnecessary."
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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