Cette page regroupe l'ensemble des publications de Futuribles sur cette thématique (Vigie, revue, bibliographie, études, etc.)
Cet ouvrage collectif rassemble les contributions de responsables politiques, d'universitaires et d'acteurs de terrain qui se sont penchés, à l'invitation de l'Institut des relations internationales et stratégiques (IRIS) lors d'un colloque organisé en février 2002, sur la question du rôle de l'Europe face à la mondialisation. Forts de leur expérience, de leur engagement et de leur réflexion, les auteurs ont tenté de répondre aux questions suivantes : l'Union européenne peut-elle être le vecteur d ...
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Le dernier numéro de la revue de la Finnish Society For Futures Studies traite de l'avenir du terrorisme et de la guerre. D'après les auteurs, l'élimination rapide du terrorisme dans l'avenir proche ne semble pas probable malgré les efforts de la coopération internationale, surtout en ce qui concerne le terrorisme du type « nationaliste ». Ceci est dû au fait que, parallèlement à une vulnérabilité croissante des sociétés, les moyens à la disposition des terroristes sont en train ...
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Professeur honoraire d'économie du développement à l'Institut des hautes études internationales et à l'Institut universitaire du développement à Genève, Gilbert Étienne nous plonge ici dans les tensions historiques qui ont agité l'Afghanistan depuis le XIXe siècle. Fort pédagogique, cet ouvrage, publié dans la collection « La Bibliothèque du citoyen », permet au lecteur de démêler l'écheveau confus qui, au gré des divisions internes et externes successives, a finalement permis que « l'internationale islamiste » ait son assise en ...
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L'organisation de l'appareil de politique étrangère et européenne de la France est l'un des enjeux majeurs de la réforme de l’État. Le présent rapport vise notamment à améliorer la définition de la stratégie de la France et souligne le rôle déterminant de l'information. Il analyse, à tous les niveaux, les structures de coordination et de prise de décision en matière européenne et internationale et propose des pistes pour les améliorer. Il insiste aussi pour que ...
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Le marasme économique qui s'est emparé du Japon depuis une décennie, les bouleversements d'une société dont le malaise se traduit dans des événements paroxystiques tels que l'attentat de la secte Aum dans le métro de Tokyo en 1995, ont profondément remis en question le mythe d'un pays triomphant et l'exemplarité d'un modèle tels qu'ils s'étaient bâtis à la fin des années 1980. Cet ouvrage, conçu sous la direction d'Évelyne Dourille-Feer, économiste ...
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Qui sont les opposants à la mondialisation néolibérale ? Quand sont-ils apparus pour la première fois ? Quels sont leurs modes d'action ? Quels sont leurs thèmes de contestation ? Contre qui se battent-ils réellement ? C'est à toutes ces questions que tente de répondre Karen Bastien dans un dossier de synthèse situé en deuxième partie de l'ouvrage. Avant de retracer la genèse des « altermondialistes » (« Pour une autre mondialisation ») en France et à l'étranger, l'auteur prévient que ce mouvement de ...
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Ce rapport rassemble les travaux issus de la première réunion d'une série de six séminaires de recherche consacrés à des domaines différents de la vie des Européens. Il remarque que les croyances des Européens et leur évolution lors des progrès de leur intégration, sont rarement prises en compte dans les analyses de la construction européenne, alors que le sont les politiques communes, les institutions, les valeurs partagées. Il se demande si les croyances religieuses, morales et éthiques peuvent aider ...
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Le rapport du Pew Global Attitude Project est le résultat d'une vaste étude des opinions publiques portant sur 44 pays, menée entre novembre 2001 et octobre 2002. Ce projet, présidé par Madeleine K. Albright, fut mis en place à l'initiative du Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Les premiers objectifs du projet étaient d'évaluer l'attitude des populations envers la mondialisation, avec une attention particulière aux changements ayant affecté l'Europe au cours de ...
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Roger Masters has already written for Futuribles (n° 228, February 1998), but his topic then was the future of the nation-state. This time, in an article begun before the tragic events of 11 September 2001, he discusses a more limited field: to paraphrase Montesquieu, not so much the "nature of things" as the "accidents of fate".
Masters highlights two aspects of this dreadful "accident". First, the altruistic element. Arguing as an evolutionary biologist, as he did in 1998, he sees the Islamist kamikazes as an example of self-sacrifice pushing individuals to die in order to increase the chances of survival and reproduction of others with similar genes to their own. The role of the environment is not, however, overlooked, since such altruism is more likely to occur in societies with a high birth rate and short life expectancy (the so-called developed countries, with their low birth rates and long life expectancy tend, by contrast, to exhibit individualistic/hedonistic patterns of behaviour).
As for the destructive element, it can be traced back ultimately to globalization. An increasingly unpredictable world and an ever widening gap between what the ordinary person knows and the state of science and technology together create a need for scapegoats whose destruction will put everything right. This is the role that some types of Islam, which promise Paradise to those who die for the jihad, is undoubtedly playing. Yet in his analysis and his recommendations, Roger Masters never allows us to forget that all beliefs, both religious and nationalist, may become messages of hate, though this is not inevitable. As a result he emphasizes the need to avoid lumping together mainstream Islam and the terrorist networks.
A radical transformation of the aims, methods and organization of large-scale violence is now occurring: it is no longer limited to clashes between states, and the classic divisions are becoming blurred between civilians and the military, between private and public, between national and international, and ultimately even between war and peace...
In essence, this is the new landscape described by Geneviève Schméder, who shows how far we are witnessing a general move towards deregulation, led by the United States; this is not confined to the economic sphere and it leads to poverty and injustice, which in turn generate further violence.
Schméder highlights the negative effects of the economic and military policies of the United States, which has tried its utmost to impose its dominance on the rest of the world , hence the dislike of the US and the violence of the attacks against it.
In conclusion she puts the question: will the recent catastrophe cause the Americans to rethink their policies, as would seem to be the sine qua non for a new ordering of international relations?
The events of September 11th 2001 are a watershed; they mark the start of a new era, perhaps the beginning of a third world war. So opens the article by Michael Marien, who is very well-informed about the futures studies undertaken in the United States over the last 30 years and who, just after the September terrorist attacks, invited a dozen futures studies colleagues to react to the events and to suggest what consequences they might have.
He draws on their responses, as well as on about 30 texts available on the website of the World Future Society (www.wfs.org), in pointing out that many futurologists had already issued warnings about major terrorist action, although naturally they did not foresee the precise form that this would take.
Rather than describing the scenarios envisaged, Michael Marien outlines here the comments elicited by three types of question: those relating to war, and to the costs and the issues it may raise.
On the war itself, Marien stresses first the risk of further attacks, possibly even more serious ones using nuclear, biological or chemical means. Next, given that the war on terrorism will last a long time, he wonders about the chances of a positive outcome and worries about the strength of the alliances forged by the United States with Western nations where popular support for the war may weaken, as is even more likely in Muslim countries, especially Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
As to the costs of the operation, the first question is obviously whether there will be, as there was after the Gulf war, a new period of prosperity or whether, on the contrary, the conflict will worsen the recession. But besides this economic aspect, Michael Marien stresses that the strengthening of security measures will probably be at the expense of individual freedom, and he wonders about the long-term future for such freedom. He mentions the sacrifices that Americans may have to make, as will the Muslim world, especially the Afghans who are already suffering great hardships. Finally, Marien is afraid that the war will push many important issues, such as global warming and the adoption of policies that promote sustainable development, further down the agenda.
As for the issues, Marien stresses two key points: first, the major challenge of stopping the flows of ill-gotten funds amounting to billions of US dollars and the consequent need to restructure and cleanse the international banking system. Second, provided that the international effort tackles the many real causes of terrorism, the recent events might mark the start of a new era (if the Americans learn the virtues of multilateral action) in which the world might become more concerned with fairness and solidarity, with respect for human rights and democracy...
No, Mr Fukuyama, the end of communism was not "the end of history", the final victory of the free market ideology exemplified by the United States, argues Jean-Jacques Salomon. He reminds us that Pierre Hassner expressed the fear that, on the contrary, the post-Cold War period might be the beginning of a new Middle Ages.
The events of September 11th mark a major geopolitical turning-point and require a radical change of attitude and policies on the part of the United States, Salomon argues. In order to make clear what this involves, he looks briefly at the situation "before" (a recently elected President, an unwavering supporter of ultraliberalism, convinced of American supremacy and the universal applicability of its model of development) and "after", which is likely to see the federal government revert to being strongly interventionist and ready to combat the ill-effects of unbridled capitalism.
What is likely to happen after that, wonders Jean-Jacques Salomon? Maybe this mobilization against terrorism will hasten European integration or encourage the industrialized countries to be less arrogant, to seek for ways and means of achieving lasting peace and greater North-South cooperation as a result of shifts in alliances and allegiances...
The author does not, however, rule out the possibility that the Muslim world will "catch on fire". He stresses that "the war against terrorism", unless it resolutely attacks terrorism's deep roots in poverty and humiliation and hence in resentment of the rich countries, is quite unlike any other war: it may have no end.
Terrorism, involving different groups of people for different reasons, has always existed and will never disappear. But with the arrival of a world without frontiers there has come a kind of "dumping" at global level, and hence a lack of rules and a general laxity that favours all manner of factors of destruction.
How can we parry the grave dangers that arise from the increasing numbers of people who shamelessly take advantage of this situation, asks Kimon Valaskakis? The diplomatic system developed since the mid 17th century, which was based on the principle of sovereign states with well-defined territories, is ineffectual against the new global challenges (terrorism, international financial problems, global warming, etc.) and the actions of transnational businesses that disregard frontiers.
Kimon Valaskakis argues that we must not only "think globally" but create the means to act globally; this would require giving high priority to examining how to set up new bodies and procedures which would ensure more effective governance of the world and thereby avoid the uncontrolled excesses of globalization, which at present operates without rules or laws.
The article has three parts. In the first, Jacques Lesourne makes it clear that the terrorist attacks in September 2001 and their consequences unfortunately merely confirm what was foreseen by futures studies in earlier years. "September 11th was not unthinkable", he writes, and goes on to remind us that terrorism has existed for centuries, it is not linked uniquely to Islamic fundamentalism, and it is probably hopeless to try to eradicate it...
He also points out that since the United States has become the only Great Power in the world, it is the natural scapegoat. Furthermore, as he has often insisted, the Arab-Turkish-Iranian region is particularly dangerous, and this fact is not sufficiently clearly recognized by the democracies, which have tended to emphasize freedom at the expense of their security.
In the second part, Lesourne ponders the trends that might develop out of the September 11th attacks. He argues that Western countries will probably need to review their security policies and reevaluate their systems of defence. But he also foresees some shifts in the alliances, especially among the six main elements: the United States, European Union, Russia, Japan, China and India. Finally, he stresses that these events threaten to deepen the downturn in the world economy which had already begun, and to encourage governments to adopt coordinated regulatory policies.
Despite the hazards involved, Jacques Lesourne ends by sketching three scenarios with particular emphasis on what he takes to be the key variables: the nature of the American retaliation and its outcome, the movements of public opinion in Western countries, the degree to which the United States accepts great multilateralism, and the progress towards European unification.
Choosing from among 32 theoretically possible scenarios, he describes three that cover widely differing variations: the "minor event", "improvements in world governance" and "generalized disorder".
Following the terrorist attacks against the United States on 11 September 2001, Pierre Bonnaure reflects on "the surprising failure of the American secret services, which some say were caught totally unawares".
First he comments that the situation is not that simple and that many problems arise between anticipation and action, in particular knowing whether to take a warning seriously and what decision to take about timely action when considerable uncertainty and enormous risks are involved.
He nevertheless stresses that the secret services seem to have been unprepared for an attack that did not fit current expectations, terrorist attacks on several targets rather than an act of aggression by a "rogue state". He criticizes the shortsightedness of the intelligence authorities, emphasizing that this is not the first instance, and tries to understand the reasons for this failure.
In a few lines he reminds us of a series of problems facing what is now called strategic intelligence as well as those inherent in the interaction between thinking and action.
Let us not confuse Islam and the vast majority of the Muslim population, who want simply to live in peace, with Islamic fundamentalism, a fortiori with Islamic terrorism, says Gérard Donnadieu. He nevertheless proposes to analyse the factors within the religious ideas of Islam that might encourage violence, while also stressing that no religion is safe from extremism.
He goes on to explain that people can have widely differing attitudes to Islam, and then to outline the peculiar views of some fundamentalists, such as the Egyptian Hasan al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, and above all the Pakistani Maulana Abul Maudoudi, the founder of Jamat-i-islami, a radical Islamic movement, whose book Understanding Islam provides valuable insights.
Gérard Donnadieu sketches briefly three topics discussed by Maudoudi that he finds especially revealing:
- the absolute preeminence of Islam, which preaches unfaltering obedience to everything prescribed in the Koran and the charia;
- the supreme position of the "good Muslim" who is promised a place in Allah's paradise as a reward for irreproachable behaviour;
- the justification for resorting to violence: every Muslim must be ready to defend Islam and if necessary to join in the jihad (holy war). This radical version of Islam believes in sacrifice, and justifies the use of violence and war.
In the last part of his article, Gérard Donnadieu highlights the strengths and weaknesses of Islamic fundamentalism. He argues that, faced with the modern world and the problem of controlling violence, it is deeply archaic and that "we are probably only seeing the start of its violent and spectacular manifestations".
He concludes that "We cannot rule out the possibility that a non-sacrificial, pluralist and secularized version of Islam will emerge in the future", but this would require a more modern reinterpretation of the basic texts; this would be a major challenge first of all for the Muslim world.
Ce chapitre est extrait du Rapport Vigie 2016 de Futuribles International, qui propose un panorama structuré des connaissances et des incertitudes des experts que l'association a mobilisés pour explorer les évolutions des 15 à 35 prochaines années sur 11 thématiques.