Global Change


How to manage global change?

How do we develop more realistic approaches and more effective means of ending intractable old conflicts and preventing new ones? How do we enhance measures to thwart nonstate actors—especially terrorists and illicit traffickers—and prevent the spread of nuclear weapons? How do we make new technologies—from the internet, to mobile telephony, to biotechnology—more likely to develop as salutary forces for economic development and more open and effective governance and, conversely, to keep them from being used to disrupt political and economic advancement? How do we retool our concepts and instruments of diplomacy, defense, and foreign aid to cope better with weak and failing states? How can the U.S. best encourage China, India, Brazil, and other emerging powers, as well as Russia, to assume constructive leadership in the international system?

Dynamic economic growth in a few key countries is changing the nature of international security and diplomacy. That change can be for the better if the U.S. and other leading nations take the initiative in reforming international institutions and, where necessary, creating new ones. Brookings already has a strong track record in addressing what is needed at the local, national, regional, and global levels to govern an increasingly integrated planet more effectively. In moving forward, we will take advantage of our convening power to develop workable ideas for enhancing the effectiveness of regional and global security architecture.