Of Fears and Foes: Security and Insecurity in an Evolving Global Political Economy

Of Fears and Foes: Security and Insecurity in an Evolving Global Political Economy

Of Fears and Foes: Security and Insecurity in an Evolving Global Political Economy

Of Fears and Foes: Security and Insecurity in an Evolving Global Political Economy

Synopsis

At the end of the deadliest century known to mankind, the world still finds itself mired in bloodshed. In addition to formal inter-state conflict, we see an increase in other forms of organized violence, including ethnic warfare, terrorism, civil conflict, and internationally necessitated "police" actions. The explanatory power of traditional notions of international security, which has provided a cornerstone for international relations theory as a whole, seems increasingly inadequate in helping to understand the makings of global security. Ciprut integrates the innovative thinking of some of the best scholars working on international relations and systematic security issues today. He offers a fundamental reassessment of what constitutes security and insecurity in an emerging global environment.

Excerpt

As the bloodiest of all centuries comes to an end, this volume enters the new millennium by recontextualizing and interconnecting certain military and non-military security dilemmas whose complex inputs and synergetic impacts elude and defy conventional analysis. in addition to reconsidering these complications at the national, international, and transnational levels of synthesis, we endeavor to assess their globalizing sociopolitical and geoeconomic import from the perspectives of strategy and policy along a systemic approach.

We proceed in a frame of mind that seeks to link verifiable findings, generalizable insights, and theorizable practical action. We deploy an interdisciplinary mentality that seeks to understand the combinations and permutations of the newer constituents of the world's security equations. We reassess the outcomes of our joint endeavor in search of enlightened policies and effective responses.

The end of the Cold War was precipitated by the great comfort with which the West could and would have overwhelmingly outspent the East beyond a simple tilt of the balance of terror. Having all too successfully induced the implosion of its fears and the utter dismemberment of its foes, the West promptly engaged the East to elicit a relatively well-managed reciprocal program of gradual nuclear disarmament. Yet today, even as Asia installs additional intercontinental ballistic missiles pointing at the Americas, the planet's mightiest nation is proactively designing a "digitized" army of excellence, able to deploy crosslinked and intersustaining modules of unprecedented lethal precision. These modules are to be tailored, trained, and equipped to respond to a variety of more or less distal challenges with realtime efficacy, at a moment when the world remains hamstrung between two . . .

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