Here’s your starter for ten in our weekend slot where we throw up an idea or thought for debate…
The weekend debates have been light on foreign policy so far, so for those foreign policy buffs out there here’s one inspired by our former leader.
Over at Ted talks, Paddy Ashdown has been discussing ‘the global power shift’ from the West to the rest and in particular to the nations around the Pacific rim.
He touches on a lot of areas, including what the future of global governance might look like, how long American power might remain dominant and the growth of a multi-polar world.
He talks about how our alliances will begin to shift in favour of new common interests and beyond our traditional allies: “We are going to have to do business with people with whom we don’t share common values but we share common interests.” And we have to understand that: “Increasingly I share a destiny with my enemy”.
So is he right? Arguably we already do business with those who don’t share our values but are we at the stage where we can no longer draw a line in the sand? And if we did what would that line look like? Would it include dodgy arms sales, poor human right or inadequate environmental protections or perhaps something else entirely?