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Beretta: I don’t consider myself a guru in global policies, but I think that the root of many of the woes we’re facing originates from the fast globalization process that the world has undergone in the past couple of decades. New markets, economies that suddenly opened up and flourished, coupled with galloping technological advancements, have allowed for an unprecedented flow of ideas and goods. These changes, in my opinion, are for the better, but that required adjustments in policies and domestic and international approaches to respond to these shifts in long-established balances.

A new model is now required; this is evident in the fact that the only companies that really thrived, and not just survived, were able to do so by questioning the existing approach to most things, while those that clung to an old model have been vanquished or acquired by more nimble and adaptable enterprises. The same can be said for political models (and nowhere is this more painfully obvious than the eurozone.) I think politicians anywhere in the world have a great challenge before them: Adapt and rethink the model or be replaced. My only hope is that it is not too late already to rethink the existing model. Maybe a younger generation, a more adaptable one, and one that has been raised to understand global thinking, might be the answer to the question, “how do we adapt to change?”

Brett M. Decker is editorial page editor of The Washington Times. He is coauthor of the new book “Bowing to Beijing” (Regnery, 2011).