Brent Scowcroft

For most of mankind, the average person knew what was happening in his own village and the next one, and nothing beyond that, and he didn’t care, so that leaders were able to guide their countries almost irrespective of what people really thought because they weren’t involved in it. Now, everybody knows what’s happening instantaneously.

Because national borders are eroding, because of the growth of non-state actors. It’s a different kind of a world. We are tied down by a tiny little country – Iraq. It’s amazing, given the disparity in military economic strength. It’s a world where most of the big problems spill over national boundaries, and there are new kinds of actors and we’re feeling our way as to how to deal with them.