Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing, and what we can do about it

Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing, and what we can do about it
Ian Goldin
Julia Amos

The Centre for International Studies (CIS) hosted a book launch event for Ian Goldins (Director, Oxford Martin School and Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford) book Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing and what we can do about it (Oxford University Press 2013).Discussants were Julia Amos (Merton College, University of Oxford) and Vinicius Rodrigues Vieira (DPIR, University of Oxford), and the event was chaired by Kalypso Nicoladis (St Antonys College, University of Oxford).

Do we need a radical new approach to global governance?With rapid globalization, the world is more deeply interconnected than ever before. While this has its advantages, it also brings with it systemic risks that are only just being identified and understood. Rapid urbanization, together with technological leaps mean that we are now physically and virtually closer than ever in humanitys history.

We face a number of international challenges - climate change, pandemics, finance, cyber security and migration - which spill over national boundaries. It is becoming increasingly apparent that the UN, the IMF, the World Bank - bodies created in a very different world, more than 60 years ago - are inadequate for the task of managing such risk in the 21st century.

Ian Goldin explores whether the answer is to reform existing structures, or to consider a new and radical approach. By setting out the nature of the problems and the various approaches to global governance, Goldin highlights the challenges that we are to overcome and considers a road map for the future.