On March 24, the Managing Global Insecurity Project (MGI) at Brookings hosted a discussion on reforming the United Nations and NATO to meet 21st century global challenges. The event marked the launch of the MGI publication, Cooperating for Peace and Security (Cambridge University Press, 2010). With essays on topics such as U.S. multilateral cooperation, NATO, peacekeeping and nuclear security, the book shows how the operational activities of international organizations meet current global security needs. Using the book as a springboard for broader discussion, the panelists explored the factors that have driven the evolution of the United Nations and other existing security mechanisms and evaluated whether these changes have led to a more effective international system.
Panelists included contributors Bruce Jones, Brookings senior fellow and MGI director, and Stewart Patrick, Council on Foreign Relations senior fellow. Brookings Senior Fellow Jean-Marie Guehenno, former U.N. under-secretary general for peacekeeping operations, and Richard Gowan, associate director for policy at the Center for International Cooperation at New York University, also joined the panel.
Martin Indyk, vice president and director of Foreign Policy at Brookings, provided introductory remarks and moderated the discussion. After the program, panelists took audience questions.