Old States – New World

At the beginning of the 21st century, we find ourselves confronted with many global challenges, such as security threats, national disasters, environmental pollution, financial crises, civil wars, and human rights violations. However, there is one essential problem: nation states are no longer able to live up to these challenges and the “world state” does not yet exist. Many problems have adopted a new, international dimension, but the only instrument available to solve them is still the same old nation state. International relations are increasingly focused on the welfare of the people, but traditional power politics do still exist.