Cooperation and Collective Action
As is our custom, this issue of Courier provides insight and perspective on different global policy areas, including mass atrocity prevention in the Gambia and climate change agricultural innovation in Morocco.
This issue also features a special look at global order in a piece authored by our foundation president, Keith Porter. His article highlights increasing threats to the essential practices global leaders have used to maintain a world peace for the past 70 years: multilateral cooperation and collective action.
Through the years, cooperation and collective action among nations have been called many things, including diplomacy, collaboration, negotiation, and conflict resolution. Despite the different labels, this practice has required the same basic elements of honesty, commitment, and trust to identify resolutions and outcomes of mutual benefit, and, most importantly, identify common ground to achieve them.
Cooperation and collective action are the lynchpins of successful governance. When these processes are applied to global governance, peaceful resolution has a chance. Conversely, if cooperation and collective action diminish on a global scale, global governance will be directly weakened.
I am struck by these lessons learned from history, but more importantly, that they are lessons we must apply now more than ever to the seemingly endless numbers of global conflicts.
It also strikes me that the global lessons learned of cooperation and collective action can and should be applied to governing the United States. From school boards and city councils to statehouses and the US Congress, applying these principles of good governance is essential to breaking through stalemates of disagreement and finding common resolution to pressing issues.
That means leaders at all levels—as a matter of first priority—must apply honesty, commitment, and trust to identify resolutions and outcomes that are in the best interests of the people and look for common ground for collective action to achieve positive results.
Recent political division in America has not changed the fact that the job of elected officials, at all levels, is still to look for solutions and common ground to achieve them. We the people need to expect and demand that behavior from them. We should also look for signs of cooperation and collective action in government and encourage more leaders to follow that lead instead of the cadence of conflict.
— Joseph McNamara, Editor, The Stanley Foundation
The Spring 2017 issue of Courier provides insight and perspective on different global policy areas, including mass atrocity prevention in the Gambia and climate change agricultural innovation in Morocco. This issue also features a special look at the global order by Stanley Foundation president, Keith Porter; a feature on the struggle of a Somalian refugee hoping to resettle in the US; and a Q&A from our latest explorer award winner. The full Spring 2017 issue. PDF (1,151K) Subscribe for FREE.
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