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16.8.2010 | Von:
Siddharth Mallavarapu
Thomas Fues
Jeanne Lätt

"We will have to learn to be better listeners" - Double interview with Thomas Fues and Siddharth Mallavarapu

Das Doppelinterview widmet sich den normativen Grundlagen von global governance unter den Bedingungen einer multipolaren Welt. Fehlt es derzeit an globalen Normen und Visionen?


The creation of global governance institutions is not so much a question of choice as a necessary response to the pressure created by global problems such as growing social and economic inequalities, climate change, financial crisis or international terrorism, some theorists of international relations say. Our efforts should therefore not concentrate on whether global governance is desirable or not, but on how it can be brought about in an efficient and inclusive way.

The first essential step on the path towards more inclusiveness in global governance will no doubt be to overcome the North-South divide. In order to achieve this aim, we will need to be more attentive to power unbalances in the current international system, but also to historical sensibilities and different perspectives between the regions on the global problems that affect us all.

Although the opinions advanced in the following interview are very personal ones, they might offer a glimpse of where major points of discussion could lie: Is international norm-creation as an inclusive process conceivable or is it necessarily mirroring the priorities of powerful states? Do current international institutions such as the United Nations (UN) have the legitimacy to coordinate the process of global norm-creation or are they tainted because they originate from a historical period of western domination? And will the role of emerging developing countries like China, India or Brazil - which are economically and politically strong enough to matter on the global stage - principally be an important and positive one?