Birth of a New World: An Open Moment for International Leadership

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``It has now become evident,'' writes Cleveland, a former assistant secretary of state and NATO ambassador, ``that the relevant shortages will not be mostly of things but of ideas, imagination, willpower, and leadership.'' Here he offers a practical agenda for developing a broader, more flexible system of world leadership based on an open-ended ``coalition of the willing'' led by the United States. Cleveland cites existing operations of international cooperation--weather forecasting, disease eradication programs, civil aviation agreements--and argues eloquently for creation of a world security system, regulation of world markets, establishment of a supranational world bank and an international tax system. Cleveland's new world order would deal in ``functional pieces of peace glued together by common interest and powered by modern informational techniques.'' Human contrariness aside, his elaborate plan seems feasible. Apr.
Library Journal
Between 1986 and 1989, 31 scholars and administrators from 24 countries accepted the author's challenge to ``rethink internatitonal governance.'' The Group, as Cleveland calls them, saw an unstable political world confronting ecological disaster, ethnic strife, and growing divisions between rich and poor--all accompanied by the apparent failure of the traditional nation-state. At the same time, it noted the end of the Cold War, a burgeoning demand for freedom among most peoples, and an increase in global knowledge fueled by computers and vastly improved telecommunications. Thus, we now have a rare chance to recast international leadership. Cleveland, an esteemed political scientist and author of The Knowledge Executive LJ 8/85, presents his version of the Group's analysis of the circumstances that make change both necessary and possible. He then offers prescriptions for world security, economy, development, and the environment based upon the cooperation of governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in the management of peace. This is recommended for academic collections.-- James R. Kuhl man, Univ. of Georgia Lib., Athens
Mary Carroll
Cleveland served foreign-policy functions in the Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter administrations; he is now president of the World Academy of Art and Science. "Birth of a New World" grew from "the Group," 31 politicians, academics, and foreign-policy bureaucrats from 24 countries who met in the late 1980s "to rethink the agenda for peaceful change in an unruly world." Cleveland argues the information and fairness revolutions and multidirectional "leakage" of power from national governments to local, regional, and international bodies and corporate and nongovernmental groups mean future international cooperation cannot be modeled on "a worldwide nation-state." Instead, he urges a "pieces of peace" approach: cooperative international agreements to control "exotic" weapons, deploy "activist neutrals" in zones of conflict, manage fairer terms of trade, technology, and money supply, promote "growth with fairness" development policy, and delegate to the UN Trusteeship Council responsibility for protecting the global commons, with consultative, consensus-oriented leadership exerted by an informal "Club of Democracies." Though readers may disagree with aspects of "Birth of a New World"'s diagnosis and prescriptions, they will value the breadth and substance of its analysis and proposals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555425111
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1993
  • Series: Management Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 6.27 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Table of Contents

The Author
1 A Hinge of History: The Explosion of Political Choice 1
2 A World of Difference: The Fairness Revolution 16
3 The False Analogy: Failure of the Nation-States 31
4 The International System: What Works and Why 44
5 The Management of Peace: Guidelines for the "Third Try" 56
6 A New World Disorder: The Erosion of Superpower 77
7 World Security: The Role of Activist Neutrals 105
8 World Economy: Managing with Nobody in Charge 136
9 World Development: Promoting Growth with Fairness 163
10 A Global Commons: Trusteeship for the World Environment 185
11 The Club of Democracies: A Coalition of the Willing 204
Genesis of the Book 225
Sources, Notes, and Comments 231
Index 253
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