Transition from a Unipolar to a Multipolar Octagonal World


Johan Galtung | Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute – TRANSCEND Media Service

Johan Galtung, a professor of peace studies, dr hc mult, is founder of TRANSCEND International and rector of TRANSCEND Peace University. He was awarded among others the 1987 High Livelihood Award, known as the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize. Galtung has mediated in over 150 conflicts in more than 150 countries, and written more than 170 books on peace and related issues, 96 as the only author. More than 40 have been translated to other languages, including 50 Years-100 Peace and Conflict Perspectives published by TRANSCEND University Press. Transcend and Transform was translated to 25 languages. He has published more than 1500 articles and book chapters and over 500 Editorials for TRANSCEND Media Service. More information about Prof. Galtung and all of his publications can be found at


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2 Responses to “Transition from a Unipolar to a Multipolar Octagonal World”

  1. Akifumi Fujita says:

    Dear Galtung-sensei,
    Thank you very much for your wonderful and inspiring speech. It gives me power and courage to live as a human being. What impresses me most is that you are always optimistic about the future of human beings. I’ve been wondering all along where your optimism comes from. Now I understand a little bit that it comes from your basic attitude to try to find good points in everyone and appreciate them. As for me, it is very difficult to do so. For example, what are my good points? I’m inclined to be rather pessimistic about myself. But being as I am in such a condition, I want to learn much more from you. Anyway, thank you very much for your encouragement.
    Akifumi Fujita

    • Reply from Johan Galtung:

      My very dear Akifumi,

      My optimism derives from simple experience: not that work for peace always works, but much of it does. I wish more people wold pay attention to the TRANSCEND track record in mediation of conflicts. You are part of it!! THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!! but much work is needed.