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The Unfinished Global Revolution: The Pursuit of a New International Politics Hardcover – February 17, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The (February 17, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594201773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594201776
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,296,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Malloch-Brown has held a unique set of positions across the heights of the international system. After leaving a career in journalism, he served as a World Bank vice president and as the head of the United Nations Development Program and deputy secretary-general to Secretary General Kofi Annan. Most recently, he was the minister for Africa, Asia, and the UN in the government of Gordon Brown. Jeffrey Sachs named him one of Time magazine's 100 Leaders and Revolutionaries --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By laurens van den muyzenberg on March 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Mark Malloch-Brown has unique personal experiences and insights-journalism, elections, political philosophy,UN, World Bank, UK cabinet, Asia, Africa, Middle East, Annan, Bush, Obama, Roosevelt, Thatcher, Wolfsensohn. This will be of interest to all concerned about the future of nations and people in our world. This book well written, 240 pages, an easy read and will make you feel more qualified to judge what is to be done after getting to know more how these organizations and people functioned. We will start with his conclusions followed by his experience and knowledge on which these conclusions are based.
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 probable also financial meltdowns. This is likely to lead to violence.
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"...as global challenges mount, states will find it harder to deliver security and welfare for their citizens and so the demand for international cooperation will grow. Although Malloch-Brown calls for a new "global social contract," the book's account of three decades of laboring within the halls of bureaucracies suggests that muddling through may be the most one can expect." -- John Ikenberry

Malloch-Brown argues that the central global predicament of the 21st century is its progressive integration; vis a vis a minimized government, explaining the shift starting to take place along the continuation of this Unrelenting Global Revolution. In the last three decades, two great trends that are inherently in conflict with each other have been playing out. "The first trend, says the author, is the demand of people everywhere to have more say over their own lives. This has led to the astonishing people power revolutions from the Philippines and Latin America to Eastern Europe and Africa. And now most recently in Egypt. Steadily ..... people have demanded democratic control over their societies and lives."

Since he witnessed many of these revolutions, as a political adviser to insurgent candidates in the Philippines, Latin America and Eastern Europe, the author got hands-on experience of these later changes. As Administrator of the United Nations Development Program, he saw enough political drama, which he describes in this eye opening book. Thus, the readers can recognize that most of these democratic outpourings have fallen short of the expectation of democracy yearners. The old order of inequality, corruption, and lack of economic and political freedom has very often survived new democratic gear and fixtures for control over their lives and the freedom .
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Reid Lodmell on March 4, 2011
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I wrote my Fletcher School Master's Thesis on Foreign Policy Grand Strategy, so this was a delicious read for me. I like the guy and agree with his optimistic vision. It is hard to imagine that the "world" and their governments are not going to increasingly come to the conclusion that our global framework needs to become more integrated, more collaborative. Yet, all I have to do is visit my native Alabama every now and then to be brought back down to earth. Most folks are still intensely nationalistic.
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