A collection of commentaries on important events and trends

Global Voices

Individuals of many cultures, nationalities, religions, and beliefs are actively involved with Initiatives of Change. These commentaries represent the views of the writer and not necessarily those of Initiatives of Change as a whole. If you would like to contribute a commentary, please email us. We welcome feedback that contributes to the stated aim of this website which is to build relationships of trust across the world's divides. The editors reserve the right to refuse contributions that use intemperate language or vilify others and which do not in our view encourage productive dialogue.

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Philip Boobbyer

Dr Philip Boobbyer, Reader in History at the University of Kent, reflects that in the furore surrounding David Cameron’s recent assertion that Britain is a Christian country, little was made of the fact that he finds peace at Anglican Communion services. ‘I find a little bit of peace and hopefully a bit of guidance’, he announced at a Downing Street reception before Easter.

Roddy Evans

Most state visits by royalty and presidents seldom make it to the history books. However, in recent years, two state visits can truly be called historic. The first of these is the visit of the Queen of England to Ireland in 2011 and the second is the visit of the President of Ireland to Windsor in 2014. Both of these visits have opened new chapters in history. Dr Roddy Evans describes their historical significance.


Ken Noble from England recently visited the United States for the first time in 25 years. 'I am conscious that there is a lot of history between the two nations – some good and some not so good. A sense of history is important. It defines to a large extent who we are today. When we forget our place in history, we can easily be unreal about ourselves.'

Carl Stauffer

Carl Stauffer, PhD. Academic Director, Caux Scholars Program writes, 'Amidst the flurry of media analysis on the current "State of the Union" in the United States, I find myself reflecting on the state of peace in our world.'


Is it possible to find a world where people are appreciated only for what they do, not for who they are or where they come from, regardless of how much money they have, or what kind of property they own? Sherif A Rizq wrote this whilst attending the Learning to Live in a Multicultural World conference at the Initiatives of Change international conference centre in Caux, Switzerland. It was recently published in Egypt Independent, a prominent English newspaper in Egypt.

Maud Glorieux

Maud Glorieux from France, who is living in India with her young family, recently attended the third Making Democracy Real Dialogue in India. Participating in the Dialogue has made her more aware of the responsibilities that democracy brings with it.