Sweeping Changes

pg. 9 : These three main elements of the system [nation-states, alliances between states, and the UN system ] will remain important pillars of international relations for a long time to come. But they have been overtaken in key regards by the sweeping economic, political, technological and social changes of the past generation. In particular, these transformations have created problems of legitimacy and effectiveness in the world’s cooperative architecture.

Readers' Guide Comment on “world’s cooperative architecture” 

The ‘world’s cooperative architecture’ is surrounded by conflicts, some of which are clearly violent, some of which are subtly violent. WEF is silent on how its proposed ‘cooperative architecture’ will deal with the real world of conflicts. This is particularly striking as confrontational nationalism, human rights struggles, environmental problems, and market competitiveness are significant global conflict issues. This omission leaves WEF with a conceptual hole: what should be done if firms, states, or civil society organizations simply don't share WEF's views about the legitimacy or moral direction of a particular outcome resulting from the new ‘geometry of cooperation’?

Related Ideas: urgency for change; fear of enforcement ; Readers Guide : concluding observations

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