Just Security in an Undergoverned World examines how humankind can manage global problems to achieve both security and justice in an age of antithesis.

Global connectivity is increasing, visibly and invisibly-in trade, finance, culture, and information-helping to spur economic growth, technological advance, and greater understanding and freedom, but global disconnects are growing as well. Ubiquitous electronics rely on high-value minerals scraped from the earth by miners kept poor by corruption and war. People abandon burning states for the often indifferent welcome of wealthier lands whose people, in turn, draw into themselves. Humanity’s very success, underwritten in large part by lighting up gigatons of long-buried carbon for 200 years, now threatens humanity’s future.

The global governance institutions established after World War Two to manage global threats, especially the twin scourges of war and poverty, have expanded in reach and impact, while paradoxically losing the political support of their wealthiest and most powerful members. Their problems mimic those of their members in struggling to adapt to new problems and maintain trust in institutions.

This volume argues, however, that a properly mandated, managed, and modernized global architecture offers unparalleled potential to midwife solutions to vexing issues that transcend borders and capacities of individual actors, and from conflict and climate change to poverty and pandemic disease. The volume offers ‘just security’ as a new framework for evaluating innovative solutions and strategies for institutional reform.

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Just Security in an Undergoverned World
Edited by William Durch, Joris Larik and Richard Ponzio
March 2018

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  • A Global Policy Dialogue on Global Economic Institutions

    The “Global Policy Dialogue on Global Economic Institutions” – organized by Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), the Stimson Center and World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid (WLA-CdM) – was held on November 19, 2019 and hosted at the World Bank by Germany’s Executive Director, Jürgen Zattler. It provided an informal, Chatham House Rule setting for a focused discussion on … Continued

  • Global Policy Dialogue on Climate Governance: Innovating the Paris Agreement & Beyond

    On October 2019 in Seoul, Republic of Korea, The Stimson Center, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Global Challenges Foundation (GCF) and the Governments of Japan and South Korea convened the Global Policy Dialogue on Climate Governance: Innovating the Paris Agreement & Beyond. This dialogue contributed ideas and capabilities to a transnational network for governance renewal … Continued

  • Reimagining Governance in a Multipolar World

    The Stimson Center’s Just Security 2020 program was pleased to partner with the Doha Forum in producing the inaugural report of the Forum for the 2019 Edition. For more information about our activities at the 2019 Doha Forum Edition please click here. Introduction: A World In Peril, A World Of Opportunity Since 2000, the Doha … Continued

  • UN 75 (UN2020-TF) Promotion at the 68th UN-Civil Society Conference

    From 26-28 August 2019, the Stimson Center’s Just Security 2020 (JS2020) program, UN 2020, Together First and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office participated in the 68th the United Nations Civil Society Conference (UNCSC), in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. Centered around the theme “Building Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and Communities”, the conference enjoyed the participation … Continued

  • Global Policy Dialogue advances Global Governance Modernization Agenda on the Road to 2020

      On 5-6 June 2019 in Washington, D.C., the Stimson Center, Global Challenges Foundation, One Earth Future Foundation and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung New York Office convened a Global Policy Dialogue on Global Security, Justice, and Economic Institutions. Among other luminaries, the gathering featured the President of the General Assembly María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, former U.S. Secretary of … Continued


  • The Road to 2020 and the Crisis of Global Governance

    New Article on Reviving Multilateralism on the Road to 2020   In advance of their October 29 (New York) and October 30 (Washington, D.C.) 2018 book launches for Just Security in an Undergoverned World, Richard Ponzio, Joris Larik, and William Durch examine, in this new October 17, 2018 article for PassBlue, the growing crisis of … Continued

  • Tweaks or Transformation? New Models for Tackling Global Challenges

    On October 11, 2018, the Stimson Center, UNA National Capital Area, and the Global Challenges Foundation held a public debate on the future of global governance at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. The panelists (from Brookings, The Heritage Foundation, Georgetown University, and the co-sponsoring organizations) discussed new models and strategies for tackling global challenges, … Continued

  • Top 10 Reform Proposals

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