Journal of International Affairs

Foreign affairs periodical focuses on policy analysis, including state building and peace operations.

Articles from Vol. 48, No. 2, Winter

Appraising the U.N. at 50: The Looming Challenge
IS THE U.N. FAIILING? In the spring of 1994, The Economist had on its cover a ghastly scene: a landscape of utter desolation, the sky and earth blood red, corpses littering the ground with a flagpole in their midst, its U.N. flag flying at half-mast...
Capital Mobility, State Autonomy and Political Legitimacy
Language - not money or force - provides legitimacy. So long as military, political, religious or financial systems do not control language, the public's imagination can move about freely with its own ideas. Uncontrolled words are consistently more dangerous...
Citizenship, Nationality and Other Identities
The idea that citizenship in a nation-state should be a person's primary identity is a recent one on an historic scale. In many cases it is only a hopeful fiction, although sometimes it is a useful one.(1) For most people this form of identity competes...
Economic Interdependence and Challenges to the Nation-State: The Emergence of Natural Economic Territories in the Asia-Pacific
The political economy of the Asia-Pacific region is undergoing momentous changes, including the advent of natural economic territories (NETS) that are springing to life throughout the region. Variously called "growth circles," "growth triangles" or "sub-regional...
Exporting Feminism
From its inception, feminism has been a universalist faith. Originating in the West with Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman in 1792, feminism was tethered to the French Revolution's proclamation of the universal rights of man,...
Fisheries, Sovereignties and Red Herrings
In some circles, environmental issues are thought to be a completely new kettle of fish, requiring an entirely new way of thinking and organizing internationally. This is perhaps so, but they may ultimately prove an empty kettle of fish. U.S. salmon...
Identity, Integration and Security: Solving the Sovereignty Puzzle in E.U. Studies
Western Europe is probably the area in the world where one meets the most advanced case of border fluidity and transgression of sovereignty. John Ruggie recently suggested that "the institutional, juridical and spatial complexes associated with the community...
Illegal Transnational Labor: Mexicans in California and Haitians in the Dominican Republic
Poised on the fence, literally between North and South, a young Mexican hunches his shoulders and awaits his chance. He jumps and goes straight from a crouch to a run, heading for cover on the U.S. side. The Border Patrol agent beside me directs the...
Non-Governmental Organizations and Their Influence on International Society
International non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have proliferated in the latter half of the 20th century. Many of these transnational actors are new to world politics, a province that historically has been dominated by states. In some issue areas,...
Sovereignty: An Introduction and Brief History
Most citizens of most states recall, in eulogy or in censure, a founding moment when battles, heroes, speeches, debates and compromises brought about a new constitution, an enduring new orthodoxy of political authority and principles. They speak of 1776,...
The Sovereign Client
Sovereign states routinely hire outside (often foreign) advisers on matters of great significance and sensitivity, such as privatization programs, external debt management activities, foreign public relations campaigns and so forth. In the eyes of some...
The U.N. and Humanitarian Assistance: Ambassador Jan Eliasson
Journal: In recent years, the international community has increasingly been called upon to intervene in situations of intrastate conflict, often without the consent of the parties involved. To what extent do you feel that this intervention threatens...
Transnational Organized Crime: An Imminent Threat to the Nation-State?
Transnational organized crime has been a serious problem for most of the 20th century, but it has only recently been recognized as a threat to the world order. This criminality undermines the integrity of individual countries, but it is not yet a threat...