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.