Johan Galtung Predictions: Fall of U.S. Empire, End to U.S. Wars


RT – TRANSCEND Media Service

From 21 Feb 2011

Some analysts say the US – bogged down in wars and pressed by emerging powers – will have to rethink its role in world affairs. Norwegian sociologist Johan Galtung, a peace and conflict expert, goes further by predicting the fall of the “US Empire” by 2020. Military defeats in wars of choice will generate political loss of influence and irrelevance externally, what may trigger a soul-searching internally. The Vietnam War was but a prelude. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya follow the script. Israel may become a burden to the USA.

Galtung suggests solutions based on 50 years of research in the areas of conflict transformation, mediation, peace studies, and related disciplines.

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 Right 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 sole author. More than 40 have been translated to other languages, including 50 Years-100 Peace and Conflict Perspectives published by TRANSCEND University Press. His book, Transcend and Transform, was translated to 25 languages. He has published more than 1700 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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One Response to “Johan Galtung Predictions: Fall of U.S. Empire, End to U.S. Wars”

  1. Liliane MBUMB says:

    I greatly appreciate the involvement and optimism J Gualtung in the struggle for a lasting peace throughout the world and especially his fight for conflict transformation.
    My question is, “Why do people cling to conflict and violence, knowing that no one can escape unscathed? ”
    Fragile states are becoming more and more miserable. Their natural resources meant to be riches, rather constitute their curse,
    Yet, there is a way to exploit them for the benefit of everyone and to reduce misery, violence and conflict around the world.
    Thousands of studies have been made, published and disseminated in the field of peace, environmental security, sustainable development, …
    Conflicts can be turned into positive action for everyone’s development.
    Why this promptness to punish, to destroy rather than to sympathize with those who suffer?