The Lack Of World Leadership

Opinion: (Mikhail Gorbachev, the former first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, from “The 2008 crisis ‘is not just a financial crisis; it is the crisis of a development model based on market fundamentalism, making excessive profits, consumerism, and social and environmental irresponsibility’ said Mikhail Gorbachev, who sees the occupation of the public parks of western cities as ‘a legitimate protest conducted in accordance with democratic rules.’

“According to Mikhail Gorbachev, the world is not much safer today than before the end of the Cold War because diplomacy does not work. The former Soviet leader lamented the proliferation ‘of conflicts and crises, not only in Third World countries, but also in Europe…’

“Instead of a new world order, there has been a growing unrest and confusion in the world because of a lack of leadership at the international level, said Mr Gorbachev. The G8 is not representative enough, and the G20 has not yet become an effective tool to solve problems.”

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