The Rise of Mid-Level Powers

Mid-level non-nuclear powers like Japan, Australia, Germany, and Canada share common values as free and democratic countries, and all are allies of the US. It is time for such countries to form a coalition that can contribute more effectively to, and wield greater influence over, efforts to promote international security.

The security environment since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States has clearly demonstrated the limits of the United Nations, or even the US as the world’s sole military superpower, to maintain international security. However, like-minded mid-level powers with similar intentions could complement what the UN or the US lacks, effectively generating sufficient clout to stabilize the global security environment.

Japan, Australia, Germany, or Canada might be just such powers. They share common values as free and democratic countries. Moreover, they are non-nuclear powers with no permanent seats in the UN Security Council. All are long time allies of the US. In fact, over recent years these countries have already had many opportunities to demonstrate their ability and willingness to contribute to international security if called for, for they all also share a recognition that global stability directly serves their own national interests.

Nevertheless, subtle differences among these countries may influence their bilateral cooperation or coordination with the UN or the US. As a result, they must compliment each other’s advantages, characteristics, and interests in order to optimize their role in promoting international security.

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