The Global Security Institute, established by US Senator Alan Cranston, brings influential former US officials together with global civil society leaders to advance practical cooperative approaches to addressing core security needs to create a safer world for future generations. GSI focuses in particular on the abolition of nuclear weapons, which, according to Senator Cranston, are impractical, unacceptably risky, and unworthy of civilization.
The GSI team (board, advisers and staff) includes former heads of state and government, distinguished diplomats, effective politicians, committed celebrities, religious leaders, Nobel Peace Laureates, disarmament and legal experts, and concerned citizens.
In the mid 1990s GSI organised influential public statements by civilian and military leaders on nuclear disarmament, including one by 61 Generals and Admirals from US, Russia and 15 other nations; and a statement that was signed by 130 international leaders from 48 countries, including 52 former Presidents and Prime Ministers.
Since then GSI has organised numerous other high-level initiatives and events at the United Nations, Summits of Nobel Peace Laureates, in the US Congress, at the Carter Centre co-hosted by US President Jimmy Carter, and around the world on disarmament, UN Millennium Goals, non-violence, inter-religious dialogue, international law, peace and disarmament.
GSI has served as the host organisation for key initiatives such as the Middle Powers Initiative, Bipartisan Security Group and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament.
GSI President Jonathan Granoff serves on the board of the Basel Peace Office.