In this talk, former Canadian Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Joe Clark, notes that the modern shift in power in the world is not only among states, but between state and non-state actors. As power disperses, so does the capacity to lead. Public perceptions fail to take commensurate advantage of the significant assets which constructive non-state actors possess – they are often more innovative, less constrained, more effective, and more trusted. The capacity which non-state actors do not possess is the power to change formal laws, rules and obligations; that capacity remains with nation-states. The essential requirement is the disposition and capacity to meld assets, share leadership, and become accustomed to leading from beside.
This lecture is co-sponsored by CIGI and the Balsillie School of International Affairs.