Ex­pec­ta­tions & Prospects...

People's Review - - OP-ED - The writer can be reached at: sha­shipb­[email protected]­mail.com

year, Ger­many has taken a non-per­ma­nent seat in the UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil for two years and vowed to make it more ef­fec­tive. In­ter­na­tional ex­pec­ta­tions are high since Ger­many re­ceived over­whelm­ing sup­port in the Gen­eral Assem­bly last year for its Se­cu­rity Coun­cil mem­ber­ship. It will push for Se­cu­rity Coun­cil re­form, ex­ten­sively dis­cussed and long and highly nec­es­sary for the geopol­i­tics of the 21st cen­tury. In a highly in­no­va­tive move, it has al­ready called on the world body to ac­cord women a big­ger say in peace me­di­a­tion, both as ac­tive par­tic­i­pants and en­ablers/ in­ter­locu­tors. The in­sight and vi­sion: peace talks would progress more quickly and with bet­ter suc­cess if women took part as me­di­a­tors and ne­go­tia­tors! In the sphere of in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion, Trump has moved only back­ward and nur­tured the grow­ing spirit of uni­lat­er­al­ism in many parts of the world, as well as a re­jec­tion for col­lec­tive ac­tion --- an ex­tri­ca­ble tool for ac­tion with re­spect to threats and breaches of the peace, pa­cific set­tle­ment of dis­putes, and above all, com­mon dangers and risks to the world at large, like nat­u­ral catas­tro­phes and calami­ties, pan­demics and cli­mate change. Var­i­ous im­pon­der­ables and vari­ables in the equa­tion com­pli­cate mat­ters for solv­ing gath­er­ing threats. In ad­di­tion, only a shrink­ing set of avail­able pol­icy re­sponses may be avail­able to con­front myr­iad geopo­lit­i­cal chal­lenges. In such a sce­nario, en­light­ened lead­er­ship for col­lec­tive ac­tion is a sine qua non for both pre­ven­tive ac­tion and prob­lem solution. As the for­mer and then act­ing di­rec­tor of US Na­tional In­tel­li­gence, Michael Dempsey has writ­ten (for the Coun­cil on For­eign Re­la­tions): “. . . . the best hope for prevent­ing sim­mer­ing prob­lems from mu­tat­ing into full-blown crises is through proac­tive and dy­namic diplo­macy; a ju­di­cious use of mil­i­tary force; the creative ex­er­cise of soft power; and a re­turn to a Western lead­er­ship model [ Trump notwith­stand­ing] that em­braces the im­por­tance of al­lies, mul­ti­lat­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions, and the en­force­ment of in­ter­na­tional norms.”

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