Project Syndicate writers Jeremy Adelman and Anne-Laure Delatte weigh in on the current world order, which has in place since 1945.
"America first," thumps Donald Trump. "Britain first," say the advocates of Brexit. "France first," crows Marine Le Pen and her National Front. "Russia first," proclaims Vladimir Putin's Kremlin. With so much emphasis on national sovereignty nowadays, globalization appears doomed.
It's not. The struggle playing out today is not one of globalism versus anti-globalism. Rather, the world is poised between two models of integration: one is multilateral and internationalist; the other is bilateral and imperialist. Throughout the modern age, the world has seesawed between them.
Since 1945, internationalists have had the upper hand. They advocate cooperation and multilateral institutions to promote global public goods like peace, security, financial stability, and environmental sustainability. Theirs is a model that constrains national sovereignty by binding states to shared norms, conventions, and treaties.
This article first appeared in Project Syndicate on March 23, 2017. Please click on the date to access the full piece on the Project Syndicate site.
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