Welcome to the Center for Citizen Initiatives’ new website. This site will help support a series of new programs we have planned for 2016 and beyond. Those of you who have been previously involved with CCI know that after more than two decades of running major programs, in recent years we had become mostly inactive. That was OK: US-Russia relations were now relatively good, and Russia was clearly on its way to building a prosperous society. But then I watched as over the last few years US-Russia relations degenerated beyond anything anyone could have expected.
For the past two years (actually the past 32 years), I’ve struggled to create ways to increase understanding and decrease misunderstanding between the two nuclear superpowers: the U.S. and Russia. Why?––to offset the odds of a global nuclear war. We thought our work at CCI was finished in the mid-2000s! But politically these two nations are back at it again in 2015: building new missile systems, posting them on the others’ borders, flying supersonic jets equipped with megatons of destruction every day––by false alarm, accident or intention, the entire world is going through an extremely dangerous era at present. And these facts are getting very little exposure in American mainstream media.
What can we concerned and intelligent citizens do, if anything?