2015 Plenary 2: Breaking Rules: Discipline or Disorder in the Global Playground

The first discussion of Day Two focused on the critical problem of our adversaries refusing to play by the rules, and the advantage they gain while democratic societies and Western militaries are tied to traditional methods of engagement. The debate examined the evolving role of the multilateral organizations that have historically overseen global response to crises and conflict, as well as how the self-imposed principles Western nations often set upon ourselves can be a detriment to finding creative diplomatic solutions. Panelists agreed that despite evolving challenges and imperfect governing structures at home, Western nations and democracies around the world should not abandon their collective principles in the interest of a “quick win”, but rather focus on improving the tools and strategies available to confront rule-breakers.