March 25, 2011

Why Principles - and not Players - Should Determine the Nature of the Emerging International Order

My paper, co-authored with Joshua Walker, was published as part of the Brussels Forum Paper Series in March 2011. The full paper can be downloaded here.

Summary: The remarkable global growth story of the past two decades is already beginning to manifest itself geopolitically. The arrival of new global powers presents the West with a dilemma: whether to prioritize players or principles in creating a new international architecture that contributes to the continuity and efficacy of international norms. If the West fails to do either, there is every likelihood that a competing global system may emerge with ruinous consequences for all. Truly empowering new players will require sacrificing privileges, reaffirming principles, consolidating space, and privileging and engaging emerging democracies.