On Tuesday January 27, Chatham House hosted the European launch of Power and Responsibility: Building International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats. In Power and Responsibility, MGI Co-Directors and Brookings Fellows Bruce Jones, Carlos Pascual, and Stephen Stedman provide the conceptual underpinnings for a new approach to sovereignty and cooperation. They present ideas for the new U.S. administration, working with other global powers, to promote together what they cannot produce apart—peace and stability. MGI Advisory Group members Ambassador Thomas Pickering and Samuel Berger helped launch this important book on the future of U.S. foreign policy. The Chatham House event, the first of a series of launches which MGI will hold around the globe and across the country, was hosted in part by United Kingdom Foreign Minister David Miliband.
Revitalizing the institutions of cooperation will require a new conceptual foundation for global security. The “national sovereignty” of the twentieth century must give way to “responsible sovereignty”—a principle requiring nations not only to protect their own people, but also to cooperate across borders to safeguard common resources and tackle common threats. Achieving this will require American leadership and commitment to a rule-based international order.