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By Zbigniew Brzezinski, Brent Scowcroft, David Ignatius

The prestige of the USA as a global energy, and the character of energy itself, are at a ancient turning element. it's crucial that we comprehend and adapt to the recent safeguard setting during which we discover ourselves.
Two of the main revered figures in American overseas coverage are Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft—both former nationwide defense Advisors lower than markedly diversified administrations. In America and the World they dissect, in spontaneous and unscripted conversations moderated through David Ignatius, the main major international coverage demanding situations dealing with the united states: the center East, Russia, China, Europe, the constructing global, the altering nature of energy in a globalized international, and what Brzezinski has referred to as the “global political awakening.” whereas one writer is a Republican and the opposite a Democrat, they greatly agree at the have to adapt to a brand new foreign surroundings. the place they disagree, their exchanges are constantly either deeply educated and provocative.
America and the World will outline the heart of liable opinion on American international coverage at a time while the nation’s judgements may ascertain how lengthy it is still a superpower.

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The Colombian case highlights the crucial role of civil society in implementing a social guarantees system. The 1991 Constitution created an 14 • BUILDING EQUALITY AND OPPORTUNITY THROUGH SOCIAL GUARANTEES environment for the recognition of fundamental economic and social rights and entitlements and for citizen participation. Even in a context of conflict and state fragility, this experience demonstrates that social policy can contribute to building citizenship and, more important, to building peace by providing accountability mechanisms that reinforce the fragile positions of civil society actors.

If the policy goal is to fulfill basic entitlements for all, social guarantees analysis points to the need to disseminate and monitor universal quality standards far more widely in many cases. INTRODUCTION: SOCIAL POLICY, CITIZENSHIP, AND THE REALIZATION OF RIGHTS • 11 Financial Protection Financial protection, understood as concrete mechanisms to ensure the affordability of services that all citizens are entitled to receive, is another area to which the social guarantees analysis brings particular attention.

The maximum waiting periods for claim resolution and all restorative procedures, sanctions, and compensations should be defined clearly. This subguarantee might be exercised through administrative or judicial channels. Creating or appointing a responsible institution to deal with the overall claims process—including resolution of claims and enforcement of decisions and compensations—establishes a channel to resolve claims and leaves the use of courts as a citizen’s last resort. Providing an alternative to the courts is important because courts 28 • BUILDING EQUALITY AND OPPORTUNITY THROUGH SOCIAL GUARANTEES are expensive and hard for poor claimants to access.

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