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dem oc rac y. But there are diffic ulties .
Las t tim e, Am eric a found it hard to s ay no to
friends , and not all its friends are dem oc rats . The
new League (or Conc ert) of Dem oc rac ies would
have c learer rules for ins and outs . Supporters s ee it as potentially an alternative s ourc e of
legitim ac y, s hould the Sec urity Counc il be hopeles s ly divided: a two-thirds m ajority of the
roughly 60 c ountries that m ight qualify c ould even authoris e the us e of forc e to deal with
threats to peac e or to uphold the princ iple of a “res pons ibility to protec t”.
But would a group of c ountries that s pans all c ontinents from Bots wana to Chile, and Is rael
to the Philippines , ever m anage to agree on m uc h? A s uppos ed dem oc rac y c auc us at the
UN has ac hieved little. Dividing the world ideologic ally again s eem s a s tep bac kwards to
s om e. Nor c ould s uc h a c lub s olve pres s ing global problem s . Coping with c lim ate c hange
needs China as well as India; energy s ec urity needs Saudi Arabia and Rus s ia, as well as
oil-dependent Japan or the Europeans .
The good news , given the ris e of lots of new powers and players , is that this is not the 19th
c entury. Then governm ents had few m eans other than gunboats to s ettle their differenc es .
There are plenty of guns about thes e days , but als o m any other ways to s ettle the world's
dis putes .
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