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ISBN: 0143120832
Author: Mark Malloch-brown
Language: English
Publisher: Penguin Books; Reprint edition (January 31, 2012)
Pages: 288
Category: Politics & Government
Subcategory: Politics
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The clash that will really matter, contends Mark Malloch Brown in this admirable book, is between international co-operation and old-fashioned nationalis. ith every international agreement to reduce poverty, regulate finance, combat terrorism or protect the environment, we ma. .

The clash that will really matter, contends Mark Malloch Brown in this admirable book, is between international co-operation and old-fashioned nationalis. ith every international agreement to reduce poverty, regulate finance, combat terrorism or protect the environment, we may be moving, tortoise-like, towards the global revolution he advocates so eloquently.

The Unfinished Global Revolution book. Mark Malloch-Brown has had an unmistakably illustrious career, one that took him from London, as a journalist for The Economist, to the headquarters of the United Nations in New York and back to London in the highest offices of government. His career gave him a unique view of events over the past 30 years that have shaped our newly globalized world.

The Unfinished Global Revolution : The Road to International Cooperation. By (author) Mark Malloch-Brown.

His book The Unfinished Global Revolution came out early 2011 on Penguin Press. Malloch Brown is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Crisis Group, and played a key role in its foundation in 1993-5

His book The Unfinished Global Revolution came out early 2011 on Penguin Press. Association with George Soros. Malloch Brown has been closely associated with billionaire speculator George Soros. Malloch Brown is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Crisis Group, and played a key role in its foundation in 1993-5 Other honours.

Malloch Brown is Mr – now Lord – Global himself: an Economist fugee worker in Cambodia's killing fields, an international spin . Was his lordship always a good companion on the road to a better world?

Malloch Brown is Mr – now Lord – Global himself: an Economist fugee worker in Cambodia's killing fields, an international spin doctor-turned-Kofi Annan's UN Brown's "big tent" FO minister of state (with many other stops along the way). This, after three decades of international toil, is his first book, and a rather extraordinary debut: part autobiography, part history, part political tract, part polemic, all bound together by a pilgrim's progress of learning experiences. Was his lordship always a good companion on the road to a better world?

In the twenty-first century our economies are more globalized than ever - why not our politics too? In The Unfinished Global Revolution former UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch-Brown argues that national governments are no longer equipped to address such complex global issues as climate change and poverty. Increasingly NGOs, civil society and the private sector are filling in the gaps.

Mark Malloch Brown, chairman of Best for Britain, and former UK government minister and UN Deputy . He was knighted in 2007 for his contribution to international affairs.

Mark Malloch Brown, chairman of Best for Britain, and former UK government minister and UN Deputy Secretary-General, will discuss the future for the UK's foreign policy with Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government. Speaker bio Rt Hon Lord Mark Malloch Brown KCMG PC is a former number two in the United Nations as well as having served in the British Cabinet and Foreign Office. He is the author of The Unfinished Global Revolution and in 2005 Time Magazine put him on its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

In The Unfinished Global Revolution former UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch-Brown argues that national governments are no longer equipped to address such complex global issues as climate change an.

In The Unfinished Global Revolution former UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch-Brown argues that national governments are no longer equipped to address such complex global issues as climate change and poverty. In the twenty-first century our economies are more globalized than ever - why not our politics too? In The Unfinished Global Revolution former UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch-Brown argues that national governments are no longer equipped to address such complex global issues as climate change and poverty.

In the twenty-first century our economies are more globalized than ever - why not our politics too? In The Unfinished Global Revolution former UN Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch-Brown argues that national governments are no longer equipped to address such complex global issues as climate change and poverty.

In The Unfinished Global Revolution, former United Nations Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch-Brown diagnoses the central global predicament of the twenty-first century—as we have become more integrated, we have also become less governed. National governments are no longer equipped to address complex global issues, from climate change to poverty, and international organizations have not yet been empowered to step into the breach. In this book, Malloch-Brown wrenches the discussion away from terrorism, nationalism and Iraq and calls for a new global politics—a bigger league, with greater opportunity for all.Beneath a spotlight rarely reserved for public servants, Malloch-Brown has been at the center of recent world events: at the World Bank, when it was under siege from activists; as a political consultant to aspiring democratic leaders and governments; and at the United Nations, where he fought off conservative critics who turned on Kofi Annan after the Iraq war. In The Unfinished Global Revolution, he draws on his experiences at the frontlines of international development over the past several decades—from Cambodia to Sudan, and from Washington to the UN headquarters—in order to provide a personal, on-the-ground view of seemingly abstract challenges. The Unfinished Global Revolution chronicles how over the past few decades domestic problems—from unemployment to environmental distress—increasingly have international roots. As national politicians lose control to impersonal global forces, they will be forced to become more effective participants in international mechanisms like the United Nations that may offer the only viable solutions. Increasingly, ad hoc arrangements between NGOs, civil society and the private sector are filling in the gap created by the failures of individual governments.In the wake of the worldwide economic crisis of 2008, many have been forced to acknowledge that a global economy needs global institutions to govern it. What is true for finance, Malloch-Brown argues, is surely true for public health, poverty, or climate change. In The Unfinished Global Revolution, he calls for us to embrace more powerful international institutions and the values needed to underpin a truly globalist agenda—the rule of law, human rights, and opportunity for all.

Comments:

Anayaron
Good read
Kulafyn
Mark Malloch-Brown has unique personal experiences and insights-journalism, elections, political philosophy,UN, World Bank, UK cabinet, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Annan, Bush, Obama, Roosevelt, Thatcher, Wolfsensohn. This will be of interest to all concerned about the future of nations and people in our world. This book well written, 240 pages, an easy read and will make you feel more qualified to judge what is to be done after getting to know more how these organizations and people functioned. We will start with his conclusions followed by his experience and knowledge on which these conclusions are based.
What are Mark's conclusions? Mark, in a controversial very public speech, stated that since Roosevelt and Truman none of the American Presidents had given full support to the United Nations and had failed to convince the American people about the benefits the United Nations could deliver. Without a commitment of the United States and other countries to building an international framework of rules and institutions the UN is unable to carry out the tasks as foreseen by Roosevelt. This speech, not surprisingly upset the American President Bush and especially John Bolton the US representative the US representative to the UN. Bolton instead of "selling" the UN to the American public did the opposite,
Mark believes that the three main challenges we face are: Integration, Growth and Limits. Integration refers to globalization with ever increasing cross border trade, growth to the absolute increase in population, three billion more people by 2050. This growth will well before 2050 hit limits in many areas, food, energy, minerals, pollution levels, water and probable also financial meltdowns. This is likely to lead to violence. He is convinced that only a coordinated approach at the level of the world can avoid disaster. He sees as the greatest obstacle increasing nationalism in almost all countries. He says that government leaders understand the necessity of internationally binding cooperation but most voters are only interested in what the leader can deliver to them in increased prosperity and security. Mark believes that the only way forward is a contract, a binding contract between all nations.
Mark was right when he said that Roosevelt believed that binding enforceable contracts between nations were a necessity. Roosevelt had worked with this insight from 1933 to 1945 when the UN agreement was signed. Roosevelt had concluded that it would only be possible to convince the American voters to support such a contract if they felt sure it was in their direct personal interest. He was convinced; it could not be based on their compassion for other people in other countries. Only if current political leaders start to think and work the way Roosevelt did is such a new contract within reach. The most urgent problem is probably gaining control over the most integrated system in the world that is financial institutions. Again nationalism makes that almost impossible.
In summary the conclusion might be that globalization could be a savior but infected with Nationalism will become a monster almost impossible to liquidate.
Next Mark's vast experience. Mark joined the Economist as a journalist soon after graduating from Cambridge University. He observed Margaret Thatcher from up close. He was surprised and impressed what she as a conviction politician and with a strong will could accomplish. Her limit was nationalism. She did not understand sufficiently the need to build bridges with other countries in addition to the USA.
Next, the United Nations to help the Cambodian refugees in Thailand to survive and start new lives. His conclusion was that this kind of tragedy could have been avoided if the poor Cambodian peasants and the rich oligarchy had started a dialogue at an early stage. That would have required before a similar approach to prevent the Vietnam War. Next three years, the Economist Development Report, a monthly publication as founder and editor.
Next, lead partner in a consultancy group with as one its main services to introduce modern election techniques in developing countries working with Corazon Aquino in the Philippines, who won, and other candidates. His conclusion was that even after a free election in countries previously being ruled by dictators or one party democracies that the same political class would still remain in power continuing to enrich themselves rather than decreasing poverty and reducing corruption.
Next, the World Bank under the charismatic leadership of Jim Wolfsensohn. Mark found it extremely difficult to change the fundamentalist economic mindset and bureaucratic methods of the theoretically highly qualified staff. Another serious problem was unhealthy competition between the World Bank and the IMF.
Next, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP) a job he really liked. Different from the World Bank the Developing Countries really liked the UNDP. They felt the UNDP was genuinely interested in understanding their problems and helping them. Mark as always was looking at the big picture. He concluded that instead of carrying out small appreciated projects that the main task of the UNDP should be to help the government to govern better, with new, different and more effective policies and institutions. One of his conclusions was that a government that does not include poverty reduction will not last. The UNDP became more effective under his leadership and the annual resources doubled to US$ 4 billion.
Next, he rejoined the United Nations serving eventually as Deputy-secretary to Kofi Annan. There is probably no better description about the internal problems of the UN; the potential of the UN and the lack of intelligent external support the UN receives as has already been described.
Finally Mark joined the UK cabinet under Gordon Brown. It surprised him that British Prime Ministers see themselves as dependent on American Presidents. An attitude that is not even appreciated by the Americans, other than President Reagan with Margaret Thatcher. Reading about these experiences you feel as if you were present when they happened.
Lightbinder
*****
"...as global challenges mount, states will find it harder to deliver security and welfare for their citizens and so the demand for international cooperation will grow. Although Malloch-Brown calls for a new "global social contract," the book's account of three decades of laboring within the halls of bureaucracies suggests that muddling through may be the most one can expect." -- John Ikenberry

Malloch-Brown argues that the central global predicament of the 21st century is its progressive integration; vis a vis a minimized government, explaining the shift starting to take place along the continuation of this Unrelenting Global Revolution. In the last three decades, two great trends that are inherently in conflict with each other have been playing out. "The first trend, says the author, is the demand of people everywhere to have more say over their own lives. This has led to the astonishing people power revolutions from the Philippines and Latin America to Eastern Europe and Africa. And now most recently in Egypt. Steadily ..... people have demanded democratic control over their societies and lives."

Since he witnessed many of these revolutions, as a political adviser to insurgent candidates in the Philippines, Latin America and Eastern Europe, the author got hands-on experience of these later changes. As Administrator of the United Nations Development Program, he saw enough political drama, which he describes in this eye opening book. Thus, the readers can recognize that most of these democratic outpourings have fallen short of the expectation of democracy yearners. The old order of inequality, corruption, and lack of economic and political freedom has very often survived new democratic gear and fixtures for control over their lives and the freedom .

This political tidal wave of our lifetimes smashes into the rocks of globalization, the other great trend of recent decades. For while it has blown change through our lives, and through its mass communications technologies even enabled many of the national democratic changes, as witnessed by Facebook and Twitter in Egypt, has also hijacked our democracy in unanticipated ways. Peoples lives have become integrated on a global level: from the out sourced finances that underpins national economies to the far flung locations from where our food and consumer goods are imported, to where the services, from bank back offices (automatic user interfaces replacing time-consuming manual tasks) to the staff in our hospitals originate.

All of these dramatic changes have a radical impact on economic liberty, national democracy, due to regulating finance, trade, public health, and even security, all becoming dimensions of a global economy, far beyond the power of any particular country, even the most developed. A country may control few links in the supply chain, or the war on terror, or Tsunami wave information. That is the dilemma the author is trying to expose, as a democracy advocate, and a champion of better management of global affairs. He describes how his thinking evolved as he found how difficult it is to carry that powerful moment of democratic revolution. The missing link between the revolting people's power and the power in the distant global places hinders most of the decisions that could shape the future lives of those in Tahrir square!.

So this is the story Malloch-Brown tells about the imperfections and incompleteness of local and national democracy in the face of the persistence of old power groups and of poverty and marginalization, two unfinished revolutions on the long journey that he concludes that, "This generation is probably the last globally unregulated generation. We can race through the world's finite natural resources of energy, water, commodities, forests, soils and ocean as though there was no tomorrow! We also have the freedom to move our wealth around, shopping for low regulation locations where it is not taxed and oversight is lax. ... We have hardly begun to work out how to govern ourselves at the global level. And indeed there are jealous politicians everywhere, defending their own prerogatives in the name of national sovereignty who don't think we should even try."
Zyniam
I wrote my Fletcher School Master's Thesis on Foreign Policy Grand Strategy, so this was a delicious read for me. I like the guy and agree with his optimistic vision. It is hard to imagine that the "world" and their governments are not going to increasingly come to the conclusion that our global framework needs to become more integrated, more collaborative. Yet, all I have to do is visit my native Alabama every now and then to be brought back down to earth. Most folks are still intensely nationalistic.
Khiceog
Te author is obscuring the truth; he is espousing and promoting one world government, The New Workd Order that both Bush predidents pushed. One that will be tyrannical in nature. This is decades in the making and this man advocates it. It will result in the loss of liberty and individual sovereignty. Destroy the US as we know it, completely do away with the Constitution. Do not read this garbage. More left wing propaganda.
Xig
good

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