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Tackling Transnational Threats

States, Markets, and Citizens—and the Case for Hybrid Governance

By Bruce D. Jones

Critical global issues, such as climate change and terrorism, require innovative solutions. Can civil society and political leadership be linked across nations to address these scourges?

The second decade of the twenty-first century has dawned with new threats that are testing not only the international architecture that has preserved the peace since the end of the World War II but also the sovereignty of the nation-state. Climate change and terrorism are global in reach and, in the case of climate change, poses an existential threat to mankind. While global institutions and global cooperation have been a primary source of finding solutions to climate change and combatting terrorism, they have proved inadequate. At the same time, individual nation states have confronted rising tensions within in response to the forces of globalization and international cooperation, leading to the potential for unilateral actions with global consequences.

In this new Marshall Paper, Brookings scholar Bruce Jones surveys this new landscape and the threats that confront it and offers a solution that harnesses the power of centralized states and their citizenry to form a hybrid governance system to tackle the transnational issues confronting the globe today.

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