Reclaiming Legitimacy in Global Governance
Three Options for the Future of Reform
Jakkie Cilliers, Institute for Security Studies (ISS)
The world is moving surprisingly quickly towards a multipolar devolution of geopolitical power. This is not inherently less stable than having a single, dominant global superpower – that depends on the actions of the currently established powers. There are three options. First, the West could recognize the rapidly dwindling opportunity to initiate pre-emptive reform of global governance institutions while it still has enough influence to set the rules. This seems unlikely. Second, the United States and others could continue holding out in the hope that something will happen to restore Western hegemony. This is the current path. Third, there could be an insurrection from within – Germany, for example, could build an alliance across current global divides for reforming global governance institutions. This could be the best prospect for restoring respect for global governance institutions and international law.