Charles A. Meconis

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Charles A. Meconis

"A former Catholic priest who holds a Ph.D. in religion, Charlie is married and has a daughter who is a student at Wesleyan University. He has been a peace activist, researcher, and writer for over 30 years, and continues to write on defense and disarmament issues. During the Vietnam War he worked with the Berrigan brothers in opposing the war. Since arriving in Seattle in 1977 he served for 10 years as staff person for the Church Council of Greater Seattle's peace task force, then known as the Seattle Religious Peace Action Coalition. He facilitated and participated in many events protesting the nuclear arms race and the missile defense program. Subsequently, Charlie co-founded the Institute for Global Security Studies whose objective is preventing conflict in the Asia-Pacific region. That work produced several major conferences and 3 books and took Charlie to Indonesia, Thailand, China, South Korea, and Japan. Currently, he serves as Coordinator for the UW Institute for Global and Regional Studies in organizing a series of public lectures and a related course on global security. " [1]

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  1. Directors, Abe Keller Peace Education Fund, accessed January 17, 2008.