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Multilateral Organizations Needed To Reduce Global Instability Javier Solana, the former Secretary-General of NATO, argues that the pace and scale of global transformation, which have increased due to globalization and technological advances, have the potential to further destabilize world affairs.

Solana maintains that as the world has globalized, challenges are no longer confined to national or even regional borders, and exacerbated by the reluctance of major powers to assume responsibility to address those problems.

Therefore, he contends, it is more important for multilateral organizations to step forward.

“Strong, effective, and inclusive multilateral institutions can play a vital role in combating this instability and fostering cooperation. But even the best-designed structures can achieve little without the political will to resolve conflicts through dialogue. In order to make progress, countries must learn to defend their principles while respecting those of others – and never to lose sight of their shared interests and objectives,” he writes.

The Inherent Weakness Of The Abbas Approach
Rami Khouri of Lebanon’s Daily Star makes the case that Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is bound to fail in this attempt to win support for a Palestinian state because his “approach is diplomatically weak because he is politically weak – for he has not marshaled behind him the forces and assets at his disposal in order to be in a bargaining situation that enjoys some credibility.”

Success, Khouri says, would be more likely if the Palestinian leadership turned to international legal forums to pressure Israel “by harnessing the power of international public opinion through sanctions and boycotts, just as was the case with Apartheid South Africa decades ago. International humanitarian law should be a central pillar of Palestinian diplomacy, which is effective only when it rests on a foundation of international legitimacy.”

Russia’s Treaty Violations And Nuclear Instability
William Schneider of the Hudson Institute writes that Russia’s recent violations of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty demonstrate that cheating has become an important option as Russia’s increasingly adversarial relationship with the United States, NATO, and recalcitrant former Soviet satellites prompts Moscow to think it needs intermediate-range nukes for its security. As long as the pact is intact, Washington meekly complies and Moscow flexes its muscle

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