Mot slutten kommer en betraktning om hva som skiller det gamle stat-til-stat-diplomatiet fra 'the world of societies':
When you take those ideas together, they add up to a major turning point in American foreign policy. We are slowly beginning to focus on societies as much as on states. The world of states is the world of geopolitics and geo-economics, great power competition, deadly threats, and great opportunities. The world of societies is the world of global networks, global corporations that no longer identify themselves as coming from any one country, global movements, deadly threats, and great opportunities. The 21st century will see those two worlds become increasingly intertwined.
Unfortunately, the people who focus on those two worlds here in Washington are still too often very different groups. The world of states is still the world of high politics, hard power, realpolitik, and, largely, men. The world of societies is still too often the world of low politics, soft power, human rights, democracy, and development, and, largely, women. One of the best parts of my two years here has been the opportunity to work with so many amazing and talented women – truly extraordinary people. But their voices are still not fully heard and respected in the councils of decision at the working level. American foreign policy is the poorer for their absence.Jeg synes dette er ganske treffende, og har ikke stort å tilføye. Men etterhvert som stater ikke lenger er de viktigste (eller eneste) aktørene i verdenspolitikken, er dette kjønnsskillet virkelig verdt å tenke over.