The Sovereignty Revolution
Alan Cranston, Edited by Kim Cranston


Contributors for

Contributors for

The Sovereignty Revolution

Alan Cranston, June 19, 1914-December 31, 2000

A graduate of Stanford University, Alan Cranston was a foreign correspondent for International News Service in Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and Ethiopia from 1936 to 1938.  In 1939, he wrote and co-published a tabloid, anti-Nazi version of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf to awaken Americans to the fascist threat, and sold 500,000 copies for ten cents each before Hitler's publishers successfully sued him in US courts for copyright infringement and stopped its further distribution.  Cranston served as Chief of the Foreign Language Division of the Office of War Information in the Executive Office of the President, 1942-44, and the US Army, 1944-45.  He authored The Killing of the Peace (Viking) in 1945, which The New York Times rated one of the ten best books of 1945.  Cranston was President of the United World Federalists from 1949 to 1952, President of the California Democratic Council from 1953 to 1958, and served as California State Controller from 1959 to 1967.  Cranston was President of Homes for a Better America, a subsidiary of Kaufman-Broad Building Co., from 1967-1968, and Vice President of Carlsberg Financial Corp. from 1968-1969.  Elected for four terms, Alan Cranston served in the US Senate from 1969-1993, during which he was Democratic Whip and a member of the Foreign Relations, Intelligence, and Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committees.  After retiring from the Senate, Cranston served on the US-Kyrgyz Business Council, was a Senior International Advisor to Schooner Capital Corporation, and was an author, lecturer, and investor.  In 1996 Cranston teamed with former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev as the chairman of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA, a San Francisco-based think-tank seeking nuclear disarmament.  After serving five years as Chairman of the Gorbachev Foundation/USA and the State of the World Forum, Cranston founded the Global Security Institute in 1999, a non-profit organization leading the international quest to eliminate nuclear weapons, and at the end of 2000 co-founded the Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign.  Cranston, an athlete all his life, was on the Stanford mile relay team—the fastest in the nation—in 1935 and in 1969 set a world record for 55-year-olds in the 100-yard dash, with a time of 12.6 seconds.

Kim Cranston

Kim Cranston is an investor and activist.  Kim is Chair of the Global Security Institute, a member of the boards of the Social Venture Network and the Los Altos Community Foundation, an advisor to the Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign, and a member of the California Committee North of Human Rights Watch.  He also founded and manages the Institute for Organizational Evolution, which is developing Web-based approaches to enable people to collaborate more effectively to address a range of social and environmental challenges.

Jane Goodall

Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, began her groundbreaking study of chimpanzees in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, in June 1960.  Her research, particularly the discovery that chimpanzees make and use tools, would redefine the relationship between humans and nonhumans.  The study continues today as one of the longest uninterrupted studies of a wild animal group.  Dr. Goodall earned her PhD in Ethology from Cambridge University in 1965.  In 1977 she founded the Jane Goodall Institute, a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats.  The Institute also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and the Roots & Shoots® global youth program, which has groups in more than 87 countries.  Dr. Goodall is a UN Messenger of Peace and an advisor to the Global Security Institute, and her honors include the Kyoto Prize, the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Science, and the 2003 Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research.

Mikhail S. Gorbachev

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev is President of the International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies (The Gorbachev Foundation) based in Moscow and Green Cross International headquartered in Geneva, and an advisor to the Global Security Institute.  He was elected General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in March 1985 and President of the Soviet Union in March 1990.  Mr. Gorbachev is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize (1990).  He holds honorary doctorates from universities in Russia, the United States, and other countries.

Jonathan Granoff

Jonathan Granoff, Esq. Is President of the Global Security Institute.  For more than twenty years he has contributed his legal expertise to the movement to eliminate nuclear weapons.  His various roles include Vice President of Lawyers Alliance for World Security, Vice President of the NGO Committee on Disarmament at the UN, and board positions with the Lawyers' Committee on Nuclear Policy, among others.  Mr. Granoff is also Co-Chair of the American Bar Association, Committee on Arms Control and National Security.  He has lectured extensively all over the world on subjects relating to peace, security, and human unity.

Jonathan Schell

From 1967 to 1987, Jonathan Schell was a staff writer and editor at The New Yorker magazine.  He was the principal writer of the magazine's Notes and Comments, and also wrote long pieces, many of which were published as books.  They include The Village of Ben Suc (Knopf, 1967), The Fate of the Earth (Knopf, 1982), and The Time of Illusion (Knopf, 1976).  His latest book is The Unconquerable World: Power, Nonviolence and the Will of the People (Metropolitan Books, 2003).  From 1990 until 1996, Schell was a columnist at Newsday and New York Newsday.  He has taught at many universities, include the Yale Law School, Emory University, New York University, Princeton University, and Wesleyan University, where he was a Distinguished Visiting Writer from 1997 to 2002.  In 2002 he was a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.  He is the Harold Willens Peace Fellow at the Nation Institute.