Daily Brief Geostrategic thinking

Towards a ‘political-strategic sustainability’

Any analysis that evokes common responsibilities in the world we live in is useful. The new principle of ‘political-strategic sustainability’ must be introduced.

There is no doubt that we are in the midst of a great recomposition of power relations at the international level (each seeks to realise the legitimate national interest), of the search for a new order.

It has been more than thirty years, since the implosion of the Soviet Union, that the geostrategic environment has been undergoing a transformation: fundamental has been the technological revolution, which is constantly evolving; fundamental has been the return and radicalisation of identities; fundamental has been the progressive de-generative crisis of liberal democracies; fundamental has been the de-generative crisis of multilateralism. We are immersed in a mega-crisis (interrelatedness of the many crises we know, the climate one, growing inequalities, demographic imbalances to name but a few) and a ‘backsliding’ of globalisation that we do not know where it will take us.

The biggest crisis, and we continue to explore this in our research, is the one related to political thought and its inability to mediate in an increasingly complex world and to develop visions of the beyond. What we see today in Ukraine, within the framework of the ‘third world war in chapters’, shows us the evidence of an a-political world where power relations are becoming increasingly violent. Of course, limited to the ongoing war on Europe’s doorstep, we rely on the confidential work of diplomacies.

The problem is the raod we are taking. The ‘political-strategic sustainability’ of humanity and the planet is both a goal and a path. The road cannot be one of separation because the world’s problems demand ‘cooperative competition’ in the context of a ‘glocalised architecture’. The level of lack of trust between global players is now too high, and globalisation as we know can no longer guarantee the possibilities of dignified and balanced development for human communities while respecting the natural environment.

Dag Hammarskjold Foundation, United Nations MPTF Office – dhf-financing-the-un-development-system-2022.pdf (