The Global Triangle: Washington, Berlin, Beijing, and the New World Order

Spring 2017, Dates TBD

Chair: John C. Kornblum

Location: Shanghai, China

A quarter century after the end of the Cold War, strategists have yet to define a new global operating system which provides a satisfactory framework for dealing with the many difficult questions facing the world’s leaders.

The term “Multipolarity” has been most often used to describe an emerging world system, in which no single country dominates among a growing collection of influential states, each competing for power and influence, in seemingly random modes. Recent experience in regions such as the Middle East or Russia has in fact led to concerns that rather than building new institutions on the basis of globalization, the world may be facing a new era of irrationality and disorder.

Finding coherence within this increasingly confused picture is the sort of challenge for which the Holbrooke forum was designed. Rather than grumbling over the unwillingness of national behavior to fit existing assumptions, we intend to seek new definitions for the criteria which are likely to underlie 21st century statecraft.

Our first efforts will deal with three of the fundamental dilemmas encountered so far — Has liberal interventionism lost credibility as a tool for dealing with the continued spread humanitarian conflicts? Why has democracy not taken root in large parts of the former Soviet Union? And what are the criteria for a new world order which could emerge in a globalized world?

This workshop discusses the goals of the third project – New World Order.