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Politics

  1. 1. Political Systems Foresight
  2. 2. Dominant Forces <ul><li>There is a power shift unfolding in the global arena </li></ul><ul><li>China, Korea, India and others are getting stronger economically and therefore, politically </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Politics and economic resources go hand in hand </li></ul>Dominant Forces
  4. 4. <ul><li>Who really controls what goes on internationally? </li></ul><ul><li>Trans-national corporations have the economic power to influence less developed countries </li></ul>Dominant Forces
  5. 5. <ul><li>Terrorism is a growing global threat </li></ul><ul><li>Conventional military approaches are not working to control terrorism </li></ul>Dominant Forces
  6. 6. <ul><li>Canada is often seen as a somewhat neutral peace-keeping force in the world </li></ul><ul><li>We’re not a threat to anyone </li></ul>Dominant Forces
  7. 7. <ul><li>The USA is thought to be the only global “super-power” </li></ul><ul><li>The USA has many “friends” and “enemies” </li></ul>Dominant Forces
  8. 8. Governance <ul><li>There are 35 “friendly” dictatorships in the world -- “friendly” to the USA </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>There are 80 democratically elected governments in the world </li></ul><ul><li>In the 20th Century many democracies were overthrown and became dictatorships </li></ul>Governance
  10. 10. <ul><li>The United Nations plays an important role in providing leadership and a forum for diplomacy and development programs </li></ul><ul><li>Does it do enough? </li></ul>Governance
  11. 11. <ul><li>Government corruption is believed to be widespread </li></ul><ul><li>People want more checks and balances, more accountability </li></ul>Governance
  12. 12. Human Rights <ul><li>Around the world in most countries, there are violations of human rights </li></ul><ul><li>In many cases the atrocities are unspeakable </li></ul><ul><li>Genocide... ethnic cleansing, mass graves </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Amnesty International leads in efforts to try and secure that people are treated with dignity, respect and due justice </li></ul>Human Rights
  14. 14. Military <ul><li>Who polices the military forces? </li></ul><ul><li>Who guards civil liberties from the military? </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Political power has always been backed up by military power </li></ul><ul><li>And sometimes removed by it </li></ul>Military
  16. 16. <ul><li>There may be a trend toward interventionist /pre-emptive politics </li></ul><ul><li>Should we wait for a nuclear attack before striking? </li></ul>Military
  17. 17. <ul><li>Does Canada spend enough on the military? </li></ul><ul><li>Does Canada’s military have a role beyond international peace-keeping? </li></ul>Military

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