Since the Second Trilateral in 2009 our world has moved to a critically dangerous point, with increasing militarism and war, environmental decline and economic crisis. The major military powers – especially the United States, European Union and NATO – have concentrated their firepower in Eastern Europe and the Syria-Iraq region. In this increasingly tense standoff between Western imperialism and Russia, the possibility of a military – and potentially nuclear – confrontation between these powers is very real.
One hundred years ago the peoples of the world were terrorized by the horrors of the First World War, a conflict that was sparked by imperialist expansion, militarism and extreme nationalism. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in human history, a tragedy that killed 17 million people.
Today, as the most powerful countries again drive to re-divide the world’s territory and resources, the stage is being set for another disaster. Global military spending has reached $1.8 trillion, a new arms race is underway and nuclear weapons are being re-developed, NATO is expanding its membership and scope, and the Western powers are becoming increasingly aggressive to the point that the survival of the entire planet is threatened. In all parts of the world, millions upon millions of people are being forced into poverty, hunger, homelessness and displacement.
But this is also a time of rising resistance from the peoples of the world. In all countries, to different degrees and with different features, we see increased unity and mobilization. To advance their fight for peace, sovereignty and social progress, people are using many different tactics, including mass demonstrations, general strikes and online campaigns.
The Third Trilateral Peace Conference will provide a forum for peace and progressive activists to examine the explosive international situation and propose concrete strategies for coordinated actions across Canada, the US and Mexico. We cannot avoid the impending catastrophe without unity, a sense of urgency, and a commitment to mobilize.
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