1620–1745

Can governments and societies build a new global consensus around their shared interests in promoting conflict prevention, carbon reduction and financial stability? How can this consensus encompass the multiple levels of governance and civil society that now combine to constitute world order and disorder?

Discussion points

  • Is it possible to pursue common interests in an era of intensifying cultural polarization, and in the absence of a common set of organizing principles?
  • Where there is growing agreement (for example, in advancing a climate deal in Paris, the post-2015 development agenda, or addressing pandemics), what systems and structures are best suited to delivering policy aims? 
  • Is it more important to build successes nationally, regionally or by sector than to expect answers at the level of global governance?

Panellists

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Founder, Fundação Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso; President of Brazil (1995–03)
Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Founder and Chairman, Rasmussen Global; Secretary General, NATO (2009-14); Prime Minister of Denmark (2001-09)
Kevin Rudd, President, Asia Society Policy Institute; Prime Minister of Australia (2013; 2007–10) 
Dr Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga , President, World Leadership Alliance Club of Madrid; President of Latvia (1999-07)
Moderator: Dr Robin Niblett , Director, Chatham House

Session Paper

THE ELUSIVE CONSENSUS IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

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