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Global Public Goods: The Missing Component

Military strikes against Afghanistan by the United States and its allies are continuing. President Bush has warned that this struggle against terrorism would be sustained. A war on terrorism is needed. But bombing terrorist camps and airlifting food to refugees is not enough. A constructive agenda to address the inequities in today’s global system – inequities that contribute to someone like Osama bin Laden gaining adherents – must be established, too. Well before September 11th, I had begun work on a series of proposals with this longterm goal in mind. These proposals have now become even more urgent.