Whenever you are in doubt, recall the face of the poorest and the weakest man. Gandhi Two dangers constantly threaten the world: order and disorder. Paul Valéry True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr. Henceforth, our country should be the universe. Flora Tristan *

Discussion Papers

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This section presents documents written by the Forum
team or other partners on a general theme related to global governance.
The papers are submitted for comments and criticism, to which the
authors then respond.

The Discussion Papers section is intended in particular to identify key issues, test argumentation consistency, determine new research leads, and draw up new proposals.

Documents that have already been submitted for debate

¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 8 January 2009 ¤
Ever since it was established in the wake of World War II, the UN has asserted itself as one of the pillars of postwar world governance. It could even be said that at the institutional level, the United Nations constitutes the pillar of world governance: no other international organization comes anywhere near it in terms of size, legitimacy, and ambitions. Today, more than 60 years after it was set up, now that the long Cold War period is (...)

Non-state Actors and World Governance (7 Comments)
¤ Pierre Calame ¤ 2 June 2008 ¤
Non-state actors have always played an essential role in global regulation, but their role will grow considerably in this, the beginning of the twenty-first century. Non-state actors play a key role in world governance in different domains. For a better understanding and development of the role of non-state actors, this role should be studied in conjunction with the general principles of (...)

Rethinking Global Governance (16 Comments)
¤ Arnaud Blin, Gustavo Marin ¤ 2 January 2008 ¤
After the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, there are some who believe that the future of architecture of global politics will require setting up a global-governance system. The global-governance issue is characterized by the shift from a scenario where the power of the states is regulated to avoid disequilibrium and maintain the status quo, to one where international law and the role of international institutions need to be redefined in (...)

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