The world stage of the 21st century is a multi-polar and diverse one, in which different world regions and civilizations have been greatly empowered. Therefore, the notion of nation-states as key actors on the world stage has become outdated, which highlights global security as the central challenge of the global order. Ensuring peace and progress in an increasingly unstable world is only achievable if governments and global actors work towards cooperation and in the interest of human security. Nevertheless, technological advances and the appearance of non-state actors has destroyed old theoretical models in which deterrence restrains traditional nation-states because they fear retaliation. Today, individuals and small groups have the capacity to influence the global scenario; act and disappear without the possibility of any specific government being held directly accountable for such actions.
Given this scenario, the international community ought to adopt a grand strategy of cooperative security in the face of a globalized and multi-polar world. Throughout the world, many multi-lateral cooperation institutions such as the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Pacific Alliance, and the United Nations have yielded positive results. For instance, since the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO has for years allowed closer cooperation, enhanced security, and increased dialogue amongst its growing membership. Similarly, ASEAN has for years worked to create a functional integrated security network within its region, while significantly boosting trade and economic integration amongst its member states. By advancing, shaping, and sharing common norms as well as preventing and resolving conflicts (both internal and external), these institutions have modestly advanced the construction of global peace and prosperity. Furthermore, they have created stable and resilient regions with shared responsibilities relating to security as well as dynamic and outward-looking trade blocs in an increasingly integrated and interdependent world.
Fostering Global Security and Sustainable Development
Cooperative security and integration institutions like those mentioned above will continue to play a key role in global development and trade. Likewise, other institutions of global reach will actively engage with civil society actors and non-governmental organizations. The existence of these institutions is of vital importance for a peaceful and prosperous tomorrow. Furthermore, one of the key issues that they will have to tackle will be accelerated demographic growth and the need to increase agricultural production, while optimizing logistics and distribution infrastructure.
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