Power & Responsibility: Building International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats

The twenty-first century will be defined by security threats unconstrained by borders—from economic instability, climate change, and nuclear proliferation to conflict, poverty, terrorism and disease. The greatest test of global leadership will be building partnerships and institutions for cooperation that can meet the challenge.

Power and Responsibility describes how American leadership can rebuild international order to promote global security and prosperity for today's transnational world. Power and Responsibility establishes a new foundation for international security: "responsible sovereignty," or the notion that sovereignty entails obligations and duties toward other states as well as one's own citizens. Governments must cooperate across borders to safeguard common resources and tackle common threats.

Power and Responsibility argues that in order to advance its own interests, the United States must learn to govern in an interdependent world, exercise leadership through cooperation, and create new institutions with today's traditional and emerging powers. The product of a collaborative project on Managing Global Order, the book also reflects the MGO project's global dialogue—extensive consultations around the world as well as discussions with the MGO Advisory Group, composed of prominent U.S. and international figures in world affairs.

ForeWord Reviews has awarded Power and Responsibility its 2009 Gold Award for best book in the political science field.

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Jan 27, 2009
Bruce Jones, Carlos Pascual, Stephen John Stedman