November 27, 2012

U.S. Must Strengthen Engagement with "Global Swing States" Brazil, India, Indonesia and Turkey, Say Experts in Joint CNAS-GMF Report

The rise of four powerful
democracies--Brazil, India, Indonesia and Turkey--presents one of the most
significant opportunities for U.S. foreign policy in the early 21st century.
Daniel M. Kliman of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) and
Richard Fontaine of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) urge American
leaders to pursue closer partnerships with these four countries, which they
term "global swing states." In a new report, Global Swing States: Brazil, India,
Indonesia, Turkey and the Future of International Order,
released
today as part of a joint initiative of GMF and CNAS, Kliman and Fontaine offer
a new framework for thinking about how U.S. engagement with these pivotal
powers can bolster peace, prosperity and freedom.

Download Global Swing States: Brazil, India,
Indonesia, Turkey and the Future of International Order

The
authors offer policy prescriptions specific to each of the four countries while
recommending that America's engagement with the global swing states include
four broad components:

  1. Capitalizing
    on areas where Brazil, India, Indonesia and Turkey have already taken on
    new global responsibilities;
  2. Addressing
    some of the demands of the "global swing states" for greater
    representation in international institutions;
  3. Helping 
    the four countries strengthen their domestic capacity to more actively
    support the international order;
  4. Increasing
    the resources and attention that the U.S. government devotes to these
    nations to better match their rising strategic importance.

Kliman and
Fontaine argue that "American decisions today will influence whether
Brazil, India, Indonesia and Turkey contribute to the global order
tomorrow."



In addition to this capstone report by Kliman and Fontaine, CNAS and GMF are
publishing five working papers that explore how the global swing states relate
to key elements of the international order and lay out implications for the
United States and its European allies:

Global Swing States and the Trade Order by Jennifer Hillman,
Senior Transatlantic Fellow, GMF

Global Swing States and the
Financial Order

by Joe Quinlan, Non-Resident Fellow, GMF

Global Swing States and the Maritime
Order

by James Kraska, Howard S. Levie Chair of Operational Law, U.S. Naval War
College

Global Swing States
and the Nonproliferation Order
by Megan Garcia, Fellow, Hewlett
Foundation

Global Swing States
and the Human Rights and Democracy Order
by Ted Piccone, Senior Fellow and
Deputy Director for Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution

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