The weakness of global rule making
We are moving into a world without an established international order. Yet, we would all like to live in a world where there are globally agreed rules that deter bad behaviour by nations and encourage good behaviour. Most nations in our world are small. Rules limit large nations from unrestrainedly throwing their weight around. They protect small nations. They protect people as well as states.
This blog looks at the three main models for getting international agreements on rules of behaviour.
The analysis suggests that the prospects for a fully functioning rule based international order remain distant.
People like what they know. However, we are at a point of time in international politics when we are moving into a world full of unknowns – a world without order.
This blog looks at the shape of the world without an order.