chapter  3
The legitimate national interest and legitimate global power
ByKennedy Graham
Pages 8

As Gwyn Prins has observed, at the global level the cause, the actor and the political culture are inchoate but discernible. Today, the threats and problems exist. Determining which are genuinely global, however, which are regional, which national and which local is a tough undertaking, intellectually imprecise yet politically essential. There is a degree of “blurring at the edges”. The actors exist but with limited powers which, even in limited form, do not command complete consent around the world. A global political culture has only begun to emerge over the past decade as the televised and computer links wire the planet together, juxtaposing global images of virtual reality and nationalistic feelings of local identity in a potentially explosive mix. Complexity and uncertainty promise to be the norms of twenty-first century global politics.