Brussels Forum Views
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), has published Brussels Forum Views, a collection of 20 short essays from noted policymakers and scholars, that addresses the conference’s overaching theme: the fragility of the global system.
Fragility of the Global System
For the first time, Brussels Forum will feature a theme connecting the different discussions that will take place during the conference. “The Fragility of the Global System” is meant to address the interconnectedness of today’s world and the vulnerability of various aspects of the international order: the global economy, stability and security, governance, values, and the environment.
Fragility does not necessarily have to be pessimistic or negative. Rather, the term is meant more as a commentary on how precarious things are, how past patterns of behavior and past solutions are either not up to the task for today’s fast-paced, dynamic, interconnected environment or require a completely different means of thinking, approach, and resolution. Moreover, if something is considered fragile, it can either break under the application of pressure or it can be reinforced and readjusted to prevent such an outcome. The following essays — published together as Brussels Forum Views — are meant to capture various aspects of global fragility. The authors are leading policymakers, German Marshall Fund experts, and others from across the transatlantic community. The objective of publishing these views is to reinforce and reflect discussions at Brussels Forum on why certain situations are fragile, the degree to which localized failures can lead to systemic global challenges, and what can be done — if anything — to ensure that fragile situations do not result in outright breakage.
Security: A Frank Debate Is Needed on NATO’s Future
by Jamie Shea
Immigration: Citizenship-for-Labor Policies Are Far from Perfect
by Christopher Caldwell
Technology: A Digital World Requires Digital Values
by William Powers
Global Governance: A G-Zero World Lacks Resilience
by Gunther Hellmann
The Arctic: Cooperation Is Necessary in Tapping the Ocean’s Full Potential
by Gitte Lillelund Bech
Belarus: Democracy Needs a Strategy
by Andrei Sannikov
Young Writers Award
An Innovative Approach to Combat Transatlantic Human Trafficking
by Teresa Cantero and Rachel Molomut