Journal of International Affairs

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

Articles from Vol. 51, No. 2, Spring

Back to the Future: Neomedievalism and the Postmodern Digital World Economy
We are entering a period of turbulent, systemic change in the organization of the world economic and political order--a period comparable to the transition from the feudal to the modern era in the 16th and 17th centuries. As Hobsbawm observes, the...
Crime and Corruption in the Digital Age
CRIME, CORRUPTION AND TECHNOLOGY IN A WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS Once crime was primarily local and regional in character.(1) Today, thanks to computer and communications technologies, crime and corruption are no longer limited by geographic boundaries....
Cyberpolitik: The Changing Nature of Power in the Information Age
For three hundred years, the aspirations of nation states and their leaders have been the principle drivers in international relations. Throughout that period, the ability of those nation states to achieve their goals has rested on three pillars: economic...
Economic Growth in the Information Age: From Physical Capital to Weightless Economy
The defining feature of economic growth in the Information Age is the increasing weightlessness of output. Production and consumption are shifting away from objects toward information and services. Good examples of weightless goods are computer software,...
Electronic Money: A Challenge to the Sovereign State?
Information technologies (IT) have been applied more extensively to the financial sector than to any other sector of the world economy. They first began to be used in a widespread manner during the 1970s and 1980s in order to increase the efficiency...
Entering the Infosphere
The world is entering an historical period of big change. Big change is complex and chaotic, and almost impossible to view from an objective distance by any of its participants. Big change is defined in this article as migration and revolution combined....
Globalization and State Autonomy in the Information Age: Telecommunications Sector Restructuring in South Africa
The world system is experiencing fundamental structural change characterized by the increasing globalization of production and distribution, increased interdependence and the emergence of a knowledge-based global information economy. The fundamental...
Horse Trading in Cyberspace: U.S. Trade Policy in the Information Age
Like a big bang, the explosion of information technology, both symbolized and realized by the Internet, has vastly multiplied opportunities for international commerce. Thanks to a digitally linked global economy, information zips across national frontiers...
Information War, Information Peace
As the United States pursues international security in a networked age, it faces a fundamental choice between two national defense paths. One path originates in the ever-improving ability of advanced militaries to illuminate the battlespace in order...
Pushing the Envelope Too Far? Technology's Impact on NATO Expansion
Global expenditure on military research and development is about U.S. $49 billion, of which U.S. $43 billion is accounted for by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.(1) "The most notable development [over the 1996 fiscal year] was the continuity...
Reorienting for Sustainable Development: Support for a National Science and Technology Policy
Economic growth and environmental security in the United States require a national science technology policy that adequately supports a vibrant science and technology community Significant technological innovations that address long-term environmental...
Space Technology and Environmental Monitoring in Brazil
Brazil encompasses the fifth largest territory in the world and possesses the largest tropical forest on earth. Yet these attributes have not come without a cost: the country faces a diversity of environmental problems that could have irreversible,...
Telecommunications in Chile: Success and Post-Deregulatory Challenges in a Rapidly Emerging Economy
CHILE'S DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY The challenge of the Chilean post-deregulation period in telecommunications is to provide a framework that will allow the market to generate improvements that will be measured not only in number of lines per inhabitant,...
The Framework for Global Electronic Commerce: A Policy Perspective
Interviewed on 24 November 1997 by Ann Grier Cutter and Len A. Costa for the Journal of International Affairs On 1 July 1997, President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore released the Framework for Global Electronic Commerce, the administration's...
The Impact of Technology on Financial Development in East Asia
Financial institutions are rapidly increasing their use of technology to streamline operations, expand trading activities, improve service and minimize risks. In similar fashion, financial markets in East Asia are rapidly developing in breadth and...
The Path Transformed: Redefining Japan's Role in the Information Economy
The global economic environment has entered a new era in terms of scope, speed, mobility and incentive. The lowering of national barriers is increasingly clear in the areas of trade, travel and finance, just to name a few. What is less apparent are...
The Revolution in Military Affairs outside the West
The military gap between the West--symbolized primarily by U.S. military capabilities--and the rest of the world has widened in the twilight years of the 20th century, due to the latest revolution in military affairs (RMA). This paper is about the...
The Zapatista Effect: The Internet and the Rise of an Alternative Political Fabric
The primacy of the nation state is being challenged from both above and below. From above, after the Second World War, the growth in the power and scope of supranational institutions--from multinational corporations to the United Nations and the International...