New Editorial Team Introduction.


The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few years in either victory or defeat. The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors, its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned. DAG HAMMARSKJOLD Humanity stands at a crossroads. These are challenging days for both the earth and for its inhabitants. Well-established norms of civility and cooperation are increasingly disputed, confronted, and even mocked by inward-looking and frequently xenophobic world leaders and other political actors. As we fully view the Anthropocene, a time when human beings exert significant influence over life on the planet, we are confronted with the potential for ecological disaster and the glaring need for collective solutions. Yet there is still reason for hope. International cooperation is flourishing in places: literacy rates are up, life expectancy rates are rising, interstate war is nearly absent. But one thing is clear: global governance, which at one point seemed merely prudent, is now absolutely essential for our collective continued existence. At the same time it is being rejected for myopic, self-serving financial, economic, and political purposes.

The relevance of the work published between the covers of Global Governance has never been greater or more urgent. As the new editorial team, we call for continued focus on the ways that global affairs are managed; we find a growing need for scholarly research and policy-oriented discussions on public/private partnerships, more inclusive governance, fostering consensus, innovation in capacity building, and finding ways to enhance and reform global institutions. We also encourage reflection on regimes as well as less institutionalized approaches to governance. One global challenge clearly entails convincing reluctant publics, and actively obstructionist domestic actors, of the need for international organizations and global engagement. In our view, Global Governance fills an important gap among academic journals with its thematic focus on multilateralism and international organizations, and its goal of bridging the scholar-practitioner divide (and serving the ACUNS membership) by combining peer-reviewed rigor and clearly identified policy relevance.

As we look at the next five years, there are significant opportunities for reflection and dialogue. Much of the current global governance architecture was created in the post-World War II era. The United Nations, the...

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