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The World Today
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Alan Philps

Former Editor, The World Today, Communications and Publishing

You resigned from the Foreign Office a decade ago over the Iraq war. What is wrong with diplomacy?
The state-based system of global power is in terminal decline. The institutions of international cooperation need to include not just states but all of those affected by their decisions and all of those who influence the outcome. These are so-called non- state actors – private companies or civil society or others. The criteria for participation need to be legitimacy, in that they genuinely represent a group of people, and having a stake in the issue.

If you bring in all these people, it could end up as the Tower of Babel.

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