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					How To Run The World - Mega-Diplomacy - The New World Order

                                                                  by Megan Erickson
                                                                       August 1, 2011
                                                                   from BigThink Website

                                               “We’ve been lulled into this complacency in the
                                                last couple of hundred years that you’re only
                                                     practicing diplomacy if you’re from a
                                                              or a foreign ministry.
                                                          That is not at all the case.”

        What's the Big Idea?
        If you still think of diplomacy as something that happens in smoky backrooms, it's hard to envision a world in which "the
        second oldest profession” can coexist with the transparency created by the Internet.

        The belief that foreign affairs must be shrouded in a protective veil of secrecy has long meant that advancements in
        information technology are met with anxiety by the international relations community.

        Such hand-wringing is misguided, says Big Think Fellow Parag Khanna, a former U.S. foreign policy adviser and author
        of How to Run The World - Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance.

        Just as the telegraph did not put an end to diplomacy, neither will Wikileaks. The lingering power alignments of the 20 th
        century may or may not be destroyed by the overwhelming trend towards interconnectedness.

        But they will be democratized.[12/10/2013 1:35:21 PM]
How To Run The World - Mega-Diplomacy - The New World Order

        Khanna predicts that in the future, the real superpowers aren’t going to be countries.

        Instead, we'll see the emergence of an entirely new structure:

                alliances comprised of universities, companies, non-profits, humanitarian agencies, sub-state units like city
                governments, and churches, all united around a common interest or vision.

        Policy wonks who race to predict whether it will be China, India, or Brazil that finally unseats the U.S. as the dominant
        world power are missing the point.

        What's the Significance?
        Community organizations and NGOs are already hugely important players in global diplomacy.

        Mega-diplomacy would mean bringing individual groups together - forging new coalitions among,

                "the .gov world, the .com world, the .org world, and the .edu world... so it’s not just about the United
                Nations" or the G20, but about building a consensus across a broad range of voices.

        These coalitions will ultimately supplant nation-states as the primary actors on the world stage, says Khanna.

        And while they must govern globally, they should act locally.

                “The force that I'm arguing for is what I call human will. Why do we wait for the UN Security Council to pass
                a resolution to allow for there to be an intervention in Darfur for example to prevent the genocide there?
                There is a local organization, a regional body called the African Union. It has its own peacekeeping force."

        The best way to get things done is to,

                "empower the people who can actually seize their own future."

        If mega-diplomacy is used intelligently,

                "we’ll be pushing global resources to the local level," and skillful negotiation will become increasingly vital.
                "That is going to get us much closer to the kind of world we want to live in.”

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