Shashi Tharoor: Era of superpower dominance is in the past

Shashi Tharoor: Era of superpower dominance is in the past
14 September 2012

World order based on the dominance of superpowers is disappearing. Global challenges in today's world require participation of a broader range of countries, Shashi Tharoor, Member of the Lower House of the Parliament of India and UN Deputy Secretary General (2001-2007), said at the session on the future of the global world order and security at the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting.

“We are moving to a world beyond superpowers,” he said. “Another "cold war" situation is impossible. China is unlikely to get an opportunity to influence parts of the world, like Soviet Union. There are forces of different power and nature appearing in the world. We see the forces which do not question the world order, they want to improve it."

Shashi Tharoor regards India as one of such forces, the state that is a "member of the global union of developing countries" and is involved in global governance in the format of the G7. India's role in global processes increases. “India that has always followed the rules now becomes a country that makes the rules", he emphasized.

According to Shashi Tharoor, in today's world there are many "problems without passports", i.e. global issues that are relevant to all mankind. “Old powerful countries dealing with these problems is not enough", stated Indian politician, suggesting that developing countries should become actively involved in solving global problems.

The 9th Yalta Annual Meeting entitled “Ukraine and the World: Addressing Tomorrow’s Challenges Together” takes place in Yalta at the Livadia Palace, Ukraine, from 13-16 September 2012. More than 200 leaders from politics, business and society representing more than 20 countries will discuss major global challenges and their impact on Europe, Ukraine and the world.

The President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and the Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened the plenary part of the 9th YES Annual Meeting on September 14. The two leaders discussed critical issues affecting the development of Ukraine and Turkey, as well as the future of a “Wider Europe” in the 21st century. Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of Poland (1995-2005) and Chairman of the Board of YES, moderated the discourse.

The overarching topic of the 9th Yalta Annual Meeting will be the key transformations that are already shaping the future of the world. Forum sessions will focus on the future of the world economy, on a new world order and its security, and on possible models for the development of capitalism. Special attention will be paid to the role of innovation and leadership in transforming the economy and society. Other topics for discussion include the future of the European Union, energy issues and the internal and external challenges facing Ukraine.

This year’s Yalta Annual Meeting will welcome, among others, Robert Zoellick, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Condoleezza Rice, Gordon Brown, Alexei Kudrin, Alec Ross, Eric Lander, Kairat Kelimbetov, Carl Bildt, Javier Solana.

At the plenary discussions of the 9th YES Annual Meeting, Ukraine will be represented by the Prime Minister Mykola Azarov; the First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Valeriy Khoroshkovsky; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Social Policy Serhiy Tihipko; Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko; Minister of Energy of Ukraine Yuriy Boyko; Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Kostyantyn Gryshchenko; Secretary of the National Defence and Security Council of Ukraine Andriy Klyuev.

Chrystia Freeland, Global Editor-at-Large at Thomson Reuters will moderate discussions.

The 9th Yalta Annual Meeting is streamed live on in Ukrainian and on and in English.

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Victor Pinchuk
Victor Pinchuk
Founder and Member of the Board of YES, 8th YES Annual Meeting, 2011
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