FROM THE ANTHOLOGY: Essays for the Presidency

Campaign 2000: New World, New Deal: A Democratic Approach to Globalization

Supporters of Vice President Al Gore demonstrate outside the U.S. Supreme Court which was today set to intervene for the first time in an unresolved presidential election, December 1, 2000. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters


The United States enters the 21st century as the greatest beneficiary of the global system it helped create after World War II. As a power with unrivaled dominance, prosperity, and security, it must now lead the peaceful evolution of this system through an era of significant changes. Rapid shifts in technology and the embrace of markets by developing and formerly communist countries are shifting the balance of power among nations, between nations and nonstate actors, and between nations and global economic forces. New technologies are making the world much more interdependent. These technologies are accelerating the movement of goods, services, ideas, and capital across national boundaries. They are also displacing traditional security threats with nontraditional worries like international terrorism, organized crime, drug trafficking, and environmental degradation while strengthening the capacities of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to influence policy. Tension is mounting between the fixed geography of

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