It’s been several years already since we have seen an increase in centrifugal dynamics away from mainstream or previously considered well established governance formulas, whether talking about Greece’s "emancipation" movement from the EU or UK’s Brexit moment; a new energy behind new regional and inter-regional projects like the Eurasia-One Belt One Road initiative; as well as a refusal from some nations to join the international system, by the rules of liberal democracies, or any rules at all, sometimes in a break away from the governmental line.
In the modern world, citizens have lost confidence in politics and governments. While differences of implementation and philosophy exist, much of the way the world is organised today is tributary to Western conceived forms of statehood. We can also talk about failed or failing states, in some parts of the world witnessing a disintegration of the state, while in other parts we see a dissolution of the political communities that held states together since the establishment of Westphalian System (1648) and of the nation-state paradigm (19th century). Some of the most extreme forms see a reversal of political organisation to pre-modern world times (pre-17th century).
The loss of trust in governments and the atomisation of polities, even in the most stable parts of the world, will inevitably lead to a form or another of destabilisation and failure of states as we know them. Implicitly, it is about the failure of consecutive governments to adjust politics and the foundations of the states to the demographic, societal, and international relations environment changes since the end of World War Two and, more poignantly, since the 3rd (European) age of Globalisation – the past 25 years.
Departing from current realities and the means available to governments to steer their societies’ destinies, we aim to identify, debate, and propose policies that can prevent the further fracturing of people and societies from governments, states, and the international order. We aim to identify the governance tools that can accommodate and resolve contemporary issues.
We also wonder what will the new realignment processes in Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, lead to, with regard to countries’ stability, their capacity of self-determination and self-governance, how will the process impact global migratory flows, and what will be the global governance formula actors – as individual states as well as regional integration platforms – can agree upon, if at all, or whether we will witness a proliferation of alternative world orders.
Strategikon’s Good Governance Summit aims to facilitate the development of sustainable governance dialogue, theory and policy, responding to the fluid challenges of the 21st century determined by the rise of a multi-cultural and multi-polar world, the rise of violent political and religious extremism, the need to reconnect government politics to nations, and the prevention of the erosion of governance and the failing of states – politically, socially, and economically.