Until recently, the West has, by large, determined the rules of the game on the global stage. Today the trajectory of change is towards a multipolar world, where different discourses and concepts of governance can markedly clash. At the same time, the policy packages that have largely set the global agenda in recent decades – in economics and security – have been discredited. The Washington Consensus and Washington security doctrines have dug their own graves. Yet we face critical new threats; the old threat was ‘the other’; the new threat is shared problems and collective threats such as financial market instability, climate change and the spread of global infectious diseases. David Held will argue that the old way of doing things which allowed state interest to trump collective interests is over. Or, realism is dead, long live cosmopolitanism!
Conference Room E, Temporary North Lawn Building (TNLB) UN Headquarters, New York