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OIC stands for the possibility of major breakthroughs in the pursuit of international cooperation for global security, humanitarian and environmental challenges.
OIC was established as a NJ based tax exempt non-profit organization in July 1984 by founding members Arnold Keiser, Leo Sprague, Francesca Milanato, Barbara Fate, Gene Rathbun and Carol Rathbun.
From 1984 until late 1992 our projects focused on promoting public support for the work of the United Nations, public responsibility for peace, media responsibility for peace, peace education and US-Soviet relations. Since 1992 we have focused on developing new approaches to conflict prevention and resolution.
OIC members and member-volunteers are activists, professors and students of international relations, other educators, experts on foreign relations and conflict resolution, attorneys, medical practitioners and business leaders.
Breakthroughs in Diplomacy
There have been many proposals to forge peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, between North Korea and South Korea and between many other adversaries. Some of the proposals sounded promising. There are also numerous theories explaining why these ideas were never implemented. Of course the theories have not led to peace.
Were foreign policymakers and negotiators able to consistently identify exactly what it would take to implement their proposals successfully or to develop and execute other very important proposals successfully, many lives would be saved and tensions would be reduced dramatically. Important resources would be saved. Prosperity and many other benefits would come to pass.
“The possibility of our work is to have a world of peace and harmony where
global threats and suffering are resolved through breakthroughs in foreign policy and diplomatic effectiveness.” - Arnold Keiser, President, OIC
Articles New Jersey, Terrorism and Public Responsibility
By Arnold Keiser, OIC President
We live in one of the most vulnerable parts of the country. New Jersey's close proximity to two very large population centers, four major international airports, three large seaports, critical highways, large industrial centers, oil refineries and complex rail systems makes our state a prime target for non-state organizations such as Al-Qaeda.
Additionally there are a variety of governments who have harbored resentment towards us for decades such as Cuba, North Korea, Iran and others Read more
Saudi Intervention Likely to Bring Regional Blowback By Barbara Slavin .
Arnold Keiser; OIC President
Barbara Slavin; Senior Fellow with the South Asian Center at the Atlantic Council.
Reports that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is considering some form of membership for two non-Gulf states— Jordan and Morocco —confirm that the conservative Sunni monarchies of the Middle East are closing ranks against Iran, Shi’ite-led Iraq, and the democratic wave sweeping the region. Read more
Effective Diplomacy in the 21st Century By Alex Kizer, Senior Associate, OIC
Alex Kizer ; Senior Associate, OIC
In the Bush administration, a popular theme to international problem solving was the so-called “Carrot & Stick” approach.
Perhaps overly reliant on this approach, the US has been too quick to use its stick: employing armed force, sanctions and political isolation. Zero-sum diplomacy always amplifies the likelihood of violence.
The US policy has been, in plain language, “If you do not do as we say you will be punished”. This approach is based on coercion and control and, to put it bluntly, bullying. Read more
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