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A ‘Critical Juncture’ for Global Governance

Image: Olaru Radian-Alexandru
Image: Olaru Radian-Alexandru

A report issued today by the National Intelligence Council and the European Union’s Institute for Security Studies turns its focus toward global governance–the collective management of international problems–and reaches some sobering conclusions.

“The growing number of issues on the international agenda, and their complexity, is outpacing the ability of international organizations and national governments to cope,” the authors of Global Governance 2025: At a Critical Juncture write.

This critical turning point includes issues of climate change, ethnic and regional conflicts, new technology, and the managing of natural resources.

Using the insights of a host of experts from Brazil, Russia, India and China, among others, and fictionalized scenarios, the report illustrates what could happen over the next 25 years in terms of global governance.

The report also highlights the challenges proponents of effective global governance face.

On one hand, rapid globalization, economic and otherwise, has led to an intertwining of domestic politics and international issues and fueled the need for more cooperation and more effective leadership. But on the other, an increasingly multipolar world, often dominated by non-state actors, have put a snag in progress toward effectual global governance.

Global Governance 2025 is the first unclassified report by the National Intelligence Council developed with a non-U.S. organization. The NIC reports to the director of national intelligence.

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