This blog became an open archive on December 31 December 2017 when TFF launched its new magazine-like homepage, The Transnational on January 1, 2018.
In this blog you’ll find almost everything posted over these 6 years by TFF Associates, a group of experts on international issues who are committed to the UN Charter’s norm, Article 1, that peace shall be established by peaceful means.
There are 1360 posts here. Together with the articles posted on the old 1997-2011 homepage you’ll find an estimated 7000 (mostly) accessible articles (yes, some links are broken).
We believe that this is one of the largest reservoirs of research-based, pro-peace writings published continuously between 1997 and 2017.
The Transnational also has a link to TFF’s work 1986-1997 – that is, before the foundation set itself up on the Internet.
In various ways the contents here reflect a very significant period in the history of humanity and international affairs, albeit with a focus on some issues and places more than others.
In addition to what you find here and on the older as well as the present TFF home, there are articles, videos, analyses etc that we continue to publish elsewhere – namely on TFF Facebook and Jan Oberg Public Figure profile, on Jan Oberg Facebook profile, on the online magazine “Transnational Affairs”, on TFF YouTube (now also an archive), on TFF Vimeo and – closely related – on Jan Oberg’s blog. Our Twitter basically carries the same materials as Facebook.
We hope you’ll enjoy this archive of contemporary global affairs with more than a touch of peace. It’s research/analysis, outreach/media work, public education and policy-making in one.
We believe most of the articles stand the test of time. Please share links with friends, colleagues, students, media people etc. We have not taken down anything or changed content anywhere. All posts appear here as they were written originally.
We also believe that what we have written, said and done over the years may be of interest to various aspects of intellectual history, the history of peace, conflict and future studies – and that an archive site such as this can be of use to students seeking quality materials as well as to activists and concerned citizens.
That’s also why we have kept everything freely accessible – where academic publishing houses often charge sums so high that small editions end up en dusty libraries.
In December 2020, this blog was brought up to contemporary technology and design. We regret that, as the years have passed, minor aspects of this site and the old site may not function entirely as intended. Technology changes continuously and some bits may become outdated, even incompatible, with new ones. And there will be some dead links to external sites because they change archives and Internet addresses.
Finally, the black squares you see here and there are video comments by TFF Associates on Iran’s global television network, PressTV. They were on YouTube which is owned by Google, and Google practises both its own censorship and “de-ranking” and is also willingly obeying US government sanctions against Iran. That hits free speech, of course. We have let them stay where they are; because one day this situation may change in the direction of decency, diversity and freedom of information.
Finally, if you want to contact TFF or subscribe to our newsletter, please go to The Transnational. However, you can make a small donation if you find it amazing that TFF keeps up such a unique archive to the free benefit of the public.
December 31, 2017 – Revised December 2020