BMI Annual Meeting: The International System in 2017
September 15-17, 2016
Dr. Boris Mints' Speech at Inauguration of the BMI Annual Meeting 2016
1) Before I make my speech I would like to thank every single individual who provided the possibility to have our meeting here in Finland, firstly Esko Aho - the premier minister of Finland during the period of 1991-1995 (nineteen ninety one through nineteen ninety five) and hi`s team, as well as Itai Sened - the director of the institute, his colleagues and the employees from my office. Also I would like to thank all of the participants of our session: members of the international advice board of the Boris Mints Institute, experts in the field of discussion, etc.
2) Next I would like to introduce some of my thoughts about the content of the upcoming discussion.
By the beginning of the XXI (twenty first) century in economical, as well as in public relations between people and societies, fundamental changes occurred.
The changes were caused by the radical shift of the technology as well as severe alterations in the speed of the information distribution.
In the nearest time, probably in the next 20-40 (twenty to forty) years, there will be a radical spatial division of the resource base. The changes in the resource base will determine the independence of the main part of societies in the access to the necessary resource.
The countries will be able to use the substantive energy resources, which won’t be connected with other states.
The speed of the information exchange significantly increases the circle of informational independence, as of an individual, so as of any society.
The next global trend is the increasing ability of physical movement of people within all of the suitable for living territory of the planet, which shows another system of records of citizens’ interests in traditional places of compact accommodation.
The three trends from the above already today do not blend in with the traditional systems of intersocietal and interstate control.
In its turn the established systems of such control are starting to slow down the natural development of the global issues from the above.
The dissonance between the management decisions and natural factors of development could lead to a slow planetary crisis with bad aftermath for most, as societies, so as individuals.
As a postulate it is important to understand that nowadays there are three models of civilized relations: euro-atlantic, middle asian (islamo-arab) and eastern (chinese), where none of them is advanced more than others. However on the local territory or in any local society there always are prevailing civilized relationships as well as disseminated of all the others existing in the world.
The only way out of the situation we have shows the necessity of having coordinated research in the scope of the systems of the society control. With that being said, it is obvious that the necessity is not only in the study of already existing model but also the creation of new ones, as well as the analysis of their consequences and the offers for their introduction.
With that in mind, we think that potentially it is a time for a change in existed international global institutes such as the UN, NATO, WTO, International Monetary Fund, the World Bank etc.
And myself I am convinced that today and further we will be able to significantly contribute to solving the problems stated above.