Globalization, Civil Conflict and the National Security State

Globalization, Civil Conflict and the National Security State

by Robert G. Patman (Editor)


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This volume highlights the gap between the new security environment and the notion of state-centred national security favoured by Washington, showing how a Cold War phenomenon known as the national security state, in which defence and foreign policy interests essentially converge, remains largely intact.

The conventional wisdom since the suicide attacks of 9/11 is that the world has been transformed and, according to President Bush, "September 11 changed the strategic thinking" of the US. This book challenges these assumptions. Indeed, the Bush administration’s National Security strategy of 2002 has reinvigorated and even extended the idea of national security. Paradoxically, the renewed emphasis on a distinctly state-centred approach to security, including the War on Terror, has unfolded during an era of deepening globalization.

Drawing on the international expertise of fourteen specialists, the book examines four inter-related themes:

  • the impact of globalization on the concept of security
  • the strategic outlook of the world’s only superpower, the US
  • the new conflicts that have come to characterize the post-Cold War era
  • efforts to regulate the emerging patterns of conflict in the world.

Globalization and Conflict will be essential reading for students of strategic studies, security studies and international relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415359887
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/01/2006
Series: Contemporary Security Studies Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors     ix
Acknowledgements     xii
Introduction     1
Globalization, the end of the Cold War, and the doctrine of national security   Robert G. Patman     3
Globalization and the new security environment     31
The concept of security in a globalizing world   Steve Smith     33
Globalization and violent political dissent in developing countries   Philip Nel     56
Challenges of 'The Unipolar Moment'     77
Globalization, American exceptionalism and security   James Gibney     79
The impact of the "Vietnam syndrome" on US foreign policy in a post-Cold War world   David A. Welch     95
Afghanistan, the 'war on terror', and the continuing quest for security   Najibullah Lafraie     114
New conflicts in the post-Cold War era     133
Russia, America and new conflicts in Central Asia   Rouben Azizian     135
Globalization and the 'new wars': the case of Chechnya   Jim Headley     151
Globalization, power and reform in the Middle East: Arab responses to September 11 and its aftermath   Leanne Piggott     168
Humanitarian intervention in East Timor: some ingredients for building sustainable security?   Anthony Hayward     185
Managing the new security environment     203
Globalization, peace operations and the new wars of the 1990s: operational challenges and lessons learned   Peter Viggo Jakobsen     205
Requirements for effective military interventions   Sir Rupert Smith     222
Managing civil conflicts in eastern Africa   Gilbert M. Khadiagala     233
Conclusion     251
The future of national security   Robert Ayson     253
Index     261

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