The Unfinished Global Revolution: The Limits of Nations and The Pursuit of a New Politics Hardcover – 24 Feb 2011
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Rich in both analysis and recommendations, Mark Malloch-Brown deploys his enormous talent and shrewd understanding of the forces that are shaping our world to argue for stronger, more inclusive global institutions. Drawing from a wealth of personal experience on the frontlines of world affairs, Mark's book is authentic, compelling and immensely enjoyable. His message should resonate in national and international discourse for years to come. (Kofi A. Annan, United Nations Secretary-General (1997-2006) )
In this wise and passionate book, Mark Malloch-Brown draws on his remarkable experience at the global frontlines to illuminate both the challenges of international governance and the reasons why we cannot afford to give up on it. (Queen Noor )
Mark Malloch-Brown is one of those rare statesmen who is also a public intellectual. This book combines these two qualities, making for a fascinating and important read. (Fareed Zakaria, Editor-At-Large, Time, And Author The Post-American World )
The provision of international public goods will be a defining issue of the 21st century. This rare view from inside the kitchen shows why it is such a daunting challenge. (Paul Collier, Author Of The Bottom Billion )
In this exemplary memoir of an exemplary global life, Mark Malloch-Brown has put the phenomenon of globalization and the challenges it poses for national and international governance into an historical, ethical, and prescriptive context that makes this a handbook for understanding and shaping our world. (Strobe Talbott, Author Of The Great Experiment )
Mark Malloch-Brown, who had the advantage of working closely with Kofi Annan, is a man of extraordinary talent. This book demonstrates that he is one of the most influential thinkers today on how to cope with the globalization that is rapidly transforming the world economy. This is an important book; it is in fact a tour de force. (Jagdish Bhagwati, University Professor At Columbia University And Author Of In Defense Of Globalization )
The clash that will really matter, contends Mark Malloch Brown in this admirable book, is between international co-operation and old-fashioned nationalism...The author's conclusions remain cautiously optimistic. With every international agreement...we may be moving...towards the global revolution he advocates so eloquently. (The Economist )
A distillation of thoughts about the need for international institutions and politics to rise to meet global challenges...What is attractive about Malloch Brown's book is the combination of detail, authority and humility derived from decades of trying to make international co-operation work. (Alan Beattie Financial Times )
A rather extraordinary debut: part autobiography, part political tract, part polemic, all bound together by a pilgrim's progress of learning experiences...You won't find a more stimulating thesis around this year. It's passionate, perceptive and rooted in years in the trenches of global strivings. (Peter Preston The Observer )
This, after three decades of international toil, is [Mark Malloch Brown's] first book, and a rather extraordinary debut: part autobiography, part history, part political tract, part polemic, all bound together by a pilgrim's progress of learning experiences... You won't find a more stimulating thesis around this year. It's passionate, perceptive and rooted in years in the trenches of global strivings (Peter Preston Guardian )
About the Author
Mark Malloch-Brown was Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and has previously been United Nations Deputy Secretary-General under Kofi Annan (2006-7), Head of the UN Development Programme (1999-2005), Vice-President of External Affairs for the World Bank (1994-9) and political correspondent for the Economist (1977-9). He is now Chairman, Global Affairs, FTI Consulting. The Unfinished Global Revolution is his first book.
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What are Mark's conclusions? Mark, in a controversial very public speech, stated that since Roosevelt and Truman none of the American Presidents had given full support to the United Nations and had failed to convince the American people about the benefits the United Nations could deliver. Without a commitment of the United States and other countries to building an international framework of rules and institutions the UN is unable to carry out the tasks as foreseen by Roosevelt. This speech, not surprisingly upset the American President Bush and especially John Bolton the US representative the US representative to the UN. Bolton instead of "selling" the UN to the American public did the opposite,
Mark believes that the three main challenges we face are: Integration, Growth and Limits. Integration refers to globalization with ever increasing cross border trade, growth to the absolute increase in population, three billion more people by 2050. This growth will well before 2050 hit limits in many areas, food, energy, minerals, pollution levels, water and probably financial recessions. This is likely to lead to violence.Read more ›
I really like it because the author ends most chapters by saying 'this is what I learned'
I work for an organisation that focuses on cross sector culturally diverse leadership. This book is perfect for anyone interested in the different leadership roles played by government, NGOS and business. And how these players are changing in importance and effectiveness.