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Diplomacy Still Best Way To Resolve Conflict In Complicated World
Javier Solana, who previously served as Secretary-General of NATO and Foreign Minister of Spain, believes the United States is no longer the single global leader, but one working in competition with a resistant Russia and a rising China. The competing powers, he says, are trying to manage an international landscape that was previously unimaginable.

“Today, the world is very different from what some might have imagined at the end of the last century, a decade after the Berlin Wall came down. Historically speaking, 15 years can seem long or short, depending on the intensity of change. During the last 15 years of mounting great-power competition and renewed instability in the Middle East – including the Arab Spring, the rise of the brutal Islamic State, Sunni-Shia proxy wars, and unspeakable human suffering – change has been very intense, to say the least,” writes Solana.

In that complicated world, however, he adds that the one lesson “is that well-executed, tenacious diplomacy still holds extraordinary power to resolve conflicts. It remains the best instrument to produce those cooperative outcomes that confrontation effectively impedes.”

Adopting A New Strategy To Stop North Korean Nuclear Threat
If the US hopes to prevent North Korea from posing a real threat, Scott Snyder of the Council on Foreign Relations suggests President Barack Obama should increase pressure on Pyongyang, pursue five-party talks, and encourage China and Russia to press the regime on denuclearization.

Businesses Leading On Combating Climate Change
Although big corporations are often seen as the devil in terms of battling climate change, businesses are actually urging governments to take action on the issue. Over the last few decades, businesses have adopted voluntary efforts to reduce their environmental impact, particularly in the information technology (IT) sector.

“Next to the consumer staples sector, the IT sector has the highest share of global companies engaging in proactive climate action compared to the energy, health care, industrials, materials and utilities sectors,” notes Lily Hsueh of the Brookings Institution.

On Monday, Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and 28 other business leaders announced the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, an effort to invest billions in seed capital in new energy technologies.

 

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