Power and Responsibility: Building International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats
Security threats in the 21st century will be unconstrained by borders—from economic instability, climate change, and nuclear proliferation to conflict, poverty, terrorism and disease.
The greatest test of global leadership will be building partnerships and institutions for cooperation that can meet the challenge. In a new book, Power and Responsibility: Building International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats (Brookings Institution Press, 2008), Managing Global Insecurity Project co-directors Carlos Pascual of Brookings, Stephen John Stedman of Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation and Bruce Jones of New York University’s Center on International Cooperation describe how the United States, working with other global powers, can rebuild international order to promote security and prosperity in today’s transnational world.
On March 10, the Brookings Institution will host the launch of Power and Responsibility. The authors and distinguished members of the Managing Global Insecurity Project Advisory Group will discuss the importance of restoring American leadership and strengthening the international system in a time of crisis. After the program, the panelists will take audience questions.
On March 10, the Brookings Institution will host the launch of Power and Responsibility. The authors and distinguished members of the Managing Global Insecurity Project Advisory Group will discuss the importance of restoring American leadership and strengthening the international system in a time of crisis.
Former Deputy Secretary of State (2001-2005)
Former Brookings Expert
Senior Fellow, Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University
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[The economic and political turmoil in Pakistan has shifted attention away from the heavy rainfall and delayed the government’s response to the floods.] People weren’t focusing on [the rainfall] so things that should happen in a disaster, like getting the word out for people to evacuate from areas where there was going to be flooding, didn’t happen. [The economic problems are also likely to affect the government’s ability to shelter the displaced and rebuild what was destroyed.]
Pakistan has faced a series of crises this year: economic, political, now, a natural disaster. Running underneath all of this has been the political crisis. As Balochistan was being flooded — scenes and videos were rolling in from Balochistan — the government was basically concerned entirely with politics, and Khan was concerned entirely with politics. The blame in many ways falls on the state for not taking charge of, for instance, its National Disaster Management Authority, not jumping into action right away.