Saturday, February 10, 2007

International Peace and the habits of communication

Today the BBC reported a story about President Vladimir Putin's recent remarks regarding American unilateralism. He said that American unilateralism "is nourishing an arms race with the desire of countries to get nuclear weapons." This is only one example of a frightening trend. In the same article Sen. John McCain spoke of the modern multi-polar world. That's new. A few years ago, we lived in a unipolar world. In a multipolar world, what is to prevent devastating conflict?

Mr. Putin suggested an answer when he said, "This is very dangerous. Nobody feels secure anymore because nobody can hide behind international law." International law, if it works, chave the potential to instill in states, leaders and citizense the habits of international cooperation and openness. The Student Political Network, a group I worked on at Haverford College, was meant to instill in students the habits and skills of communicating through political differences. We develop effective tools and pervasive habits for the same thing at the international level.

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