Takeaways from President Trump and other UN Speakers

President Trump addressed the international community at the United Nations promoting the alternative of patriotism over globalism and strength over coercion and intimidation in the foreign policies of all nations. Affirming his position to pull back aid from unfriendly countries to the US and financial support for the UN to encourage greater economic contributions from other UN members, the president’s address comes at a crucial time in world history as the sovereignty of many nations is under threat from debt rewarding engagements.

Other speakers like President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, Michel Temer and Secretary General António Guterres from Ecuador also raised some intriguing questions about global integration and cause and effect. Brazil is expected to be fifth most powerful country by 2050 and show integration has its benefits for developing countries while Guterres stated that “world order is increasingly chaotic,” while “the rule of law constantly undermined.”

Within the last week, 12 hostages were taken in Nigeria, one of the fastest developing countries in Africa. Though China’s development model in Africa and the Middle East is based on non-interference in local affairs, its loan policies with developing countries are swallowing states whole. Peace with North Korea was praised and Iran condemned with the international community encouraged to resist engagement with the Islamic Republic by the president with divisions inside the UN fragmenting partnerships. 

Go Global or Go Home

The guiding principles of the UN are in a state of flux having been tested of their productivity over the last 70 years. The global challenges facing the 21st century will require adaptation not only from the United Nations, but states and corporations. Globalization has seen the creation of worldwide monopolies yet security is increasingly becoming a burden put on the private sector with private security proving a stable and fast growing international need and emerging market.

Part of this is growth in artificial intelligence as this industry continues to ratchet up its capability, engineers are forced to answer tough political and social questions as Julian Assange describes in discussions of tiny electronic circuits applied to manufacturing materials like paint and paper powered by GSM stations to constantly harvest data. The UN has initiated a new role in peacetech. The AI known as Sophia has acquired citizenship through which she will have constitutional and religious rights in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For what crimes does an AI need constitutional protections safe-guarded by countries and the United Nations? Two years ago, Harvard Business Review put out an article titled, Why Your Company Needs a Foreign Policy.  

Non-State Actors in the International Community

President Trump warned of Germany’s potential to soon be owned by Russia. Russia has secured its future by signing contracts all over the world, a legacy of its Soviet predecessor, to tie up resources for Russian companies, many of which do not receive funding which effectively removes those resources from the global marketplace, secures them with Russia, and causes economic stagnation and decline within those countries while improving Russia credit to increase its holdings.

Siemens, a German company has just signed a contract with Iraq to in an effort bring its electricity infrastructure up to 24 hours a day capacity in some areas. Privatization of resources is leading to economic and political monopolies that confuse the condition of sovereignty and independence for many countries. This will inevitably bring government further into the private sector and vise versa.

Other Non-state actors are the lingering threats of international terrorism also mentioned in the United Nations assembly. Traditional terrorism however is more manageable whereas the concerns and speculations regarding AI are still in their infancy. AI is essentially, the next non-state actor and with citizenship gained therefore separation from legal liability from its manufacturers and owners including acts of cyber terrorism the next phase of terrorism already being seen in the areas of cyber security, counterterrorism, and robotics.

In contrast, we have a growing community of immigrants internationally that find themselves without citizenship and therefore altered rights and limited access to functioning governments and jobs. These new kinds of challenges will foster growing economic and political clashes and public private engagements not in terms of social welfare but in terms of competition and cooperation towards new frameworks.

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