Stephen Breyer
Associate Justice, U.S. Supreme Court

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What are the structures going to be for making decisions internationally?

Stephen Breyer

Stephen Gerald Breyer is an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Appointed in 1994, Breyer is often regarded as more liberal than most other members of the court. He is highly regarded across the political spectrum for his pragmatic, rather than ideological, approach to the Constitution. In Bush v. Gore, which settled the controversial 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, he issued a widely respected dissent which criticized those who would decide the case on the basis of equal protection. Breyer, a Rhodes Scholar, was educated at Stanford, Oxford and Harvard. He is the author of Breaking the Vicious Circle: Toward Effective Risk Regulation. Ideas recorded at the 2007 Aspen Ideas Festival on: 7/5/07


Stephen Breyer: I’d like to know what are the structures going to be for making decisions internationally? It might involve war or peace. It might involve conflict resolution. It might involve how do you resolve these very tough conflicts? Because we’ve seen . . . I mean going it alone may not work. And at the same time, maybe bringing every nation into every decision might not work either. And so how . . . what kind of structure will we have? We used to, after the World War II, we relied on NATO. Or what are the new substitutes? What are the structures gonna be?

Recorded on: 7/5/07