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The Myth Of International Order

Author : Arjun Chowdhury
ISBN : 9780190686710
Genre : Political Science
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In February of 2011, Libyan citizens rebelled against Muammar Qaddafi and quickly unseated him. The speed of the regime's collapse confounded many observers, and the ensuing civil war showed Foreign Policy's index of failed states to be deeply flawed--FP had, in 2010, identified 110 states as being more likely than Libya to descend into chaos. They were spectacularly wrong, but this points to a larger error in conventional foreign policy wisdom: failed, or weak and unstable, states are not anomalies but are instead in the majority. More states resemble Libya than Sweden. Why are most states weak and unstable? Taking as his launching point Charles Tilly's famous dictum that 'war made the state, and the state made war,' Arjun Chowdhury argues that the problem lies in our mistaken equation of democracy and economic power with stability. But major wars are the true source of stability: only the existential crisis that such wars produced could lead citizens to willingly sacrifice the resources that allowed the state to build the capacity it needed for survival. Developing states in the postcolonial era never experienced the demands major interstate war placed on European states, and hence citizens in those nations have been unwilling to sacrifice the resources that would build state capacity. For example, India and Mexico are established democracies with large economies. Despite their indices of stability, both countries are far from stable: there is an active Maoist insurgency in almost a quarter of India's districts, and Mexico is plagued by violence, drug trafficking, and high levels of corruption in local government. Nor are either effective at collecting revenue. As a consequence, they do not have the tax base necessary to perform the most fundamental tasks of modern states: controlling organized violence in a given territory and providing basic services to citizens. By this standard, the majority of states in the world--about two thirds--are weak states. Chowdury maintains that an accurate evaluation of international security requires a normative shift : the language of weakness and failure belies the fact that strong states are exceptions. Chowdhury believes that dismantling this norm is crucial, as it encourages developing states to pursue state-building via war, which is an extremely costly approach--in terms of human lives and capital. Moreover, in our era, such an approach is destined to fail because the total wars of the past are highly unlikely to occur today. Just as importantly, the non-state alternatives on offer are not viable alternatives. For better or worse, we will continue to live in a state-dominated world where most states are weak. Counterintuitive and sweeping in its coverage, The Myth of International Order demands that we fundamentally rethink foundational concepts of international politics like political stability and state failure.

The Myth Of International Security

Author : Avigdor Victor Levontin
ISBN : UOM:39015010450081
Genre : International law
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The Justification Of War And International Order

Author : Lothar Brock
ISBN : 9780198865308
Genre : Law
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This book explores how states, scholars and other actors have justified war from early modernity to the present. Looking at narratives of the justification of war in theory and practice, this book offers a comprehensive investigation of the emergence of the modern international order and its normative foundation.

Political Theology Of International Order

Author : William Bain
ISBN : 9780198859901
Genre : Political Science
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Is contemporary international order truly a secular arrangement? Theorists of international relations typically adhere to a narrative that portrays the modern states system as the product of a gradual process of secularization that transcended the religiosity of medieval Christendom. William Bain challenges this narrative by arguing that modern theories of international order reflect ideas that originate in medieval theology. They are, in other words, worldly applications of a theological pattern. This ground-breaking book makes two key contributions to scholarship on international order. First, it provides a thorough intellectual history of medieval and early modern traditions of thought and the way in which they shape modern thinking about international order. It explores the ideas of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, William of Ockham, Martin Luther, and other theologians to rise above the sharp differentiation of medieval and modern that underpins most international thought. Uncovering this theological inheritance invites a fundamental reassessment of canonical figures, such as Hugo Grotius and Thomas Hobbes, and their contribution to theorizing international order. Second, this book shows how theological ideas continue to shape modern theories of international order by structuring the questions theorists ask as well as the answer they provide. It argues that the dominant vocabulary of international order, system and society, anarchy, balance of power, and constitutionalism, is mediated by the intellectual commitments of nominalist theology. It concludes by exploring the implications of thinking in terms of this theological inheritance, albeit in a world where God is only one of several possibilities that can called upon to secure the regularity of order.

The Challenge Of Ethnic Conflict To National And International Order In The 1990s Geographic Perspectives

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ISBN : UOM:39015038023019
Genre : Ethnic conflict
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The Path From Violence To International Order

Author : Leonard M. Salter
ISBN : UOM:39015001693616
Genre : International relations
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The Bases Of International Order Essays In Honour Of C A W Manning

Author : Charles Anthony Woodward Manning
ISBN : UOM:39015003833368
Genre : International relations
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Discusses the geography, history, cities, customs, and culture of this dry Middle Eastern country formerly called Persia.

Religion And Politics In International Relations

Author : Timothy Fitzgerald
ISBN : 9781441142900
Genre : Religion
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Contending Theories Of Development In The Contemporary International Order Disorder

Author : Mulugeta Agonafer
ISBN : STANFORD:36105070256545
Genre : Business & Economics
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This book examines the maturation of Kenya and Tanzania as models of theories of development. Contents: Dedication; Acknowledgment; Contents; Tables; Foreword by Stephen Resnick; Preface; PART I: THE PROBLEM; Introduction; The Context: The International Political and Economic Order; Three Paradigms of Development; PART II: TANZANIA AND KENYA; Historical Perspective; The Struggle for Development: Groping in the Dark; PART III: TOWARD AN ALTERNATIVE PARADIGM; Assessment of the Paradigms; Toward a Nonessentialist Development Paradigm; Appendix: Maps; Bibliography; Name Index; Subject Index; Author's Biographical Sketch.

Mass Media And The Reproduction Of The International Order

Author : Tae-Jin Yoon
ISBN : MINN:31951P006175028
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Journal Of World Trade Law

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105061593088
Genre : Commerce
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World Opinion And The Emerging International Order

Author : Frank Louis Rusciano
ISBN : STANFORD:36105023101996
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The first systematic book-length examination of the impact, if any, of world opinion.

The Myth Of The Information Revolution

Author : Michael Traber
ISBN : UOM:39015011919159
Genre : Communication
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The information revolution' has generally been discussed from a European and North American perspective. This book analyzes the economics, politics and development of Third World countries in terms of their genuine communication needs rather than technological 'wants'. All the contributors (five are from the Third World) agree that access to economic data is a long-term necessity; that mass media must reorganize and reconceptualize in order to serve development needs; and that grassroot organizations using small media must be encouraged. The authors stress the direct link between communication development and Third World economic relationships. The 'information revolution' has so far had little impact on the Third World; and unless the popular sectors in developing nations assume both economic and communication power, that situation will continue. The book pleads, in effect, for a revolution from below -- a genuine communication revolution. The Myth of the Information Revolution presents unique material on the global debate over new communication technologies. Its level of language and its focus on issues will make it accessible to both academics and communication practitioners.

Information Technology And A New International Order

Author : Jörg Becker
ISBN : STANFORD:36105043890693
Genre : Communication
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Asia Pacific And A New International Order

Author : Purnendra Jain
ISBN : UOM:39015066895049
Genre : Political Science
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This book examines the responses of national governments within Asia Pacific to the current security environment, and the options available to these governments for the future.

Reshaping An International Order

Author : Takahiro Yamada
ISBN : UCAL:C3369323
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Nuclear Rivalry And International Order

Author : Jørn Gjelstad
ISBN : UOM:39015037297796
Genre : History
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The Cold War may have ended, and with it the superpower rivalry, but the world still contains many nuclear-armed states. This wide-ranging analysis of the continuing role of nuclear weapons in inter-state rivalry shows how they remain a central issue for the future of world peace. Determining the role of such weapons is crucial to the prospects for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The book starts by examining the relevance of nuclear weapons to the `long peace' between the superpowers during the Cold War. Were they a necessary condition for peace? Were they irrelevant or only marginally relevant to that peace? Can such questions be answered at all? Can the record of the past point to a future for nuclear weapons?

German Yearbook Of International Law

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105134448807
Genre : Constitutional law
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Towards A New International Economic Order

Author : Mohammed Bedjaoui
ISBN : 0841905886
Genre : Business & Economics
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Changing International Order In North East Asia And Communications Policies

Author : Hy ōn-du Kang
ISBN : IND:30000045105081
Genre : Broadcasting
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