British Interests, Global Linkages and Natural Limits

Peter Hain

This publication argues that challenges will require the evolution of a radically new approach based upon global linkages; a foreign policy for a world in which there is no longer any such place as abroad.

The world faces new international challenges, driven by the growing connections between economies, governments and increasingly active citizens, which define globalization, coupled with rising environmental pressures on the foundations of societies. This is a world in which many of the most significant threats to stability, such as global warming or illegal drug use, do not stem from the ambition of some hostile power, but from the individual consumption decisions of everybody. It is a world in which threats arise from failures of whole systems, needing systemic solutions. In this pamphlet Peter Hain argues that these challenges will require the evolution of a radically new approach based upon global linkages, recognizing natural limits and embracing global responsibility; a foreign policy for a world in which there is no longer any such place as abroad.

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