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Global Governance 2025: at a critical juncture

Book - 15 December 2010

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Global governance – the collective management of common problems at the international level – is at a critical juncture. Although global governance institutions have racked up many successes since they were developed after the Second World War, the growing number of issues on the international agenda, and their complexity, is outpacing the ability of international organisations and national governments to cope.

With the emergence of rapid globalisation, the risks to the international system have grown to the extent that formerly localised threats are no longer locally containable but are now potentially dangerous to global security and stability. At the beginning of the century, threats such as ethnic conflicts, infectious diseases, and terrorism as well as a new generation of global challenges including climate change, energy security, food and water scarcity, international migration flows and new technologies are increasingly taking centre stage.

Three effects of rapid globalisation are driving demands for more effective global governance. Interdependence has been a feature of economic globalisation for many years, but the rise of China, India, Brazil and other fast-growing economies has taken economic interdependence to a new level. The multiple links among climate change and resources issues, the economic crisis, and state fragility – ‘hubs’ of risks for the future – illustrate the interconnected nature of the challenges on the international agenda today. Many of the issues cited above involve interwoven domestic and foreign challenges. Domestic politics creates tight constraints on international cooperation and reduces the scope for compromise.

The shift to a multipolar world is complicating the prospects for effective global governance over the next 10 years. The expanding economic clout of emerging powers increases their political influence well beyond their borders. Power is not only shifting from established powers to rising countries and, to some extent, the developing world, but also towards non-state actors. Diverse perspectives on and suspicions about global governance, which is seen as a Western concept, will add to the difficulties of effectively mastering the growing number of challenges.

In the media/comments

  • Joint EUISS-NIC Report was mentioned by Atlantic Council

    16 June 2011

    The report “Global Governance 2025: At a Critical Juncture” was a collaborative effort between the two allies and could serve as a harbinger of greater coordination in the future that is forward-looking and pro-active rather than merely in response to a particular crisis.

    Atlantic Council

  • EUISS report "Global governance 2025: at a critical juncture" was mentioned in Guatemala Times:

    20 January 2011

    The report refers to the United States' National Intelligence Council and the European Union's Institute for Security Studies which recently concluded that current governance frameworks will be unable to keep pace with looming global challenges unless extensive reforms are implemented.

    Guatemala Times

  • Joint EUISS-NIC Report on global governance was mentioned by

    04 November 2010

    India's rise has not only made investors across the globe happy but has also been acknowledged by the "Global Governance 2025" jointly issued by the National Intelligence Council (NIC) of the US and the European Union's Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) ranking India as the third most powerful country in the world after the US and China and the fourth most powerful bloc after the US, China and the European Union.

  • EUISS Study on Global Governance was cited by WorldNetDaily:

    01 October 2010

    Pundits and politicians who giggle and point fingers at people who dare refer to global governance display their ignorance, or their duplicity. The U.S. National Intelligence Council, and the European Union's Institute for Security Studies has just released a report called: Global Governance 2025: At a Critical Juncture.