By Jim Emerson, staff writer
The National Intelligence Council (NIC) recently released “Global Governance 2025: At a Critical Juncture.” This report is an, “informal contribution to an important international debate on the way forward for global, regional, and bilateral institutions and frameworks to meet emerging challenges such as climate change, resource management, international migration flows, and new technologies.”
The NIC website carries this statement, “The NIC is a center of strategic thinking within the US Government, reporting to the Director of National Intelligence and providing the President and senior policymakers with analyses of foreign policy issues that have been reviewed and coordinated throughout the Intelligence Community.” The NIC has been in existence since 1979; prior to that it was known as the Board of National Estimates.
This disclaimer is posted in the introduction “Global governance does not equate to world government, which would be virtually impossible for the foreseeable future, if ever.” Sovereignty issues, national, ethnic and regional identity along with institutional mistrust would make such an entity impossible to establish.
International and regional organizations can never be a governmental entity. They are usually restricted by treaty, and/or agreements between member states. It generally cannot violate sovereignty of any other country, short of war, without the consent of that country. The upside is the number of countries readily offering mutual aid after disasters.
What is Global Governance?
Global Governance is cooperation between nations to address common problems at the international level. It can be seen as a formal multinational organization (NATO, EU, etc.) that can have military, law enforcement and Intelligence cooperation, working together to combat threats such as drug trafficking and terrorism. For example, Global Governance could carry out drug interdiction in Columba and strike operations against terrorists in Pakistan. Global Governance provides a framework for monetary (IMF, World Bank), regional (NORAD, Arab League) and trade (WTO).
The future of Global Governance, as regards to Intelligence, provides a strategic vision of its possible role in international affairs. Let’s say that OPEC decided to boycott China or North America by cutting of oil supplies. Global Governance would consider questions such as: What is the possibility and how would that effect world security? Could this situation lead to a war?
Intelligence Agencies must consider any all threats to the United States.
Isolationism is a luxury of the past. International interdependence and the rapid increase of the global movement of oil, food, technology and communication are realities America can ill afford to be disengaged from. International agreements have become a necessity for the security of America and the world; without it commerce would be nonexistent.
America’s participation with global governance doesn’t mean we are going to surrender our sovereignty. A healthy suspicion of treaties is a uniquely American trait, but we must never let it cloud our judgment concerning International Affairs.
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