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From the Editor-in-Chief
October 29, 2008   
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That the world was ill-prepared for the post-Cold War era has long been obvious. It had previously been taken as a given that the world would be forever divided into two hostile camps. The entire international order was predicated on this very assumption. But first Poland, and then other subjected nations, caught the analysts and strategists off-guard. Lech Wałęsa even received a Nobel Peace Prize for this. Most changes were cosmetic until 9/11 unleashed the logic of the war on terror. This has so far not proven very productive.

We are now being swamped by a financial tsunami. The analysts and strategists are once more spreading their arms in impotent cluelessness. The buzzword, coined by an American VIP, that "Nobody knows anything," would have made a fitting title for a Shakespearean comedy.

Politicians have embarked on an interminable series of conferences-regional, global, regional, global and so on ad infinitum. And all sorts of expert groups are doing likewise. Are we finally witnessing the dawn of people actually thinking?

The belief that the old tried and true methods and ways of thinking can be applied to a new reality is a natural symptom of conservatism and opportunism. But the real world has no sense of humor. Here, new means new. All the indications are that we are entering a new phase in a lot of areas, one that requires new analyses, new concepts and new solutions. And unless we want to make the world a junk shop, we had better mothball the old ones.
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