Jim Garrison is Founder and President of State of the World Forum and the Gorbachev Foundation/USA. His degrees include: a B.A. in World History, University of Santa Clara; a double M.T.S. in Christology and History of Religion, Harvard Divinity School; and a Ph.D. in Philosophical Theology, Cambridge University.
While at Cambridge, Garrison founded The Radiation and Health Information Service; and East West Reach. In 1980, he published his first book, The Plutonium Culture (SCM); followed by The Darkness of God: Theology After Hiroshima (SCM/1982); The Russian Threat: Myths and Realities (Gateway Books/1983); and The New Diplomats (Resurgence Press/1984).
From 1986-1990, Garrison served as Executive Director of the Esalen Institute Soviet American Exchange Program. In 1991, he founded the International Foreign Policy Association in collaboration with Georgian President Edward Shevardnadze and former Secretary of State George Schultz, which provided humanitarian relief for children in the former Soviet republics.
In 1992, Garrison founded and became the President of the Gorbachev Foundation/ USA, and in 1995, founded State of the World Forum, created to establish a global network of leaders. With President Gorbachev as its Convening Chairman, the Forum convenes leaders from around the world and directs action oriented strategic initiatives across a range of areas. Garrison's last book, Civilization and the Transformation of Power (Paraview Press), was published in 2000.
His upcoming book, "America As Empire," will be published in early 2004 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers.