Globalization, Security, and the Nation State: Paradigms in Transition
April 7, 2005
Author: Ersel Aydinli, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2004-2005
Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security
Explores the impact of globalization on the conduct of international affairs.
This volume studies the links among the concepts of globalization, security, and the authority of the nation state, drawing attention to why and how these three concepts are interrelated and why they should be studied together. Contributors explore the connections between security and global transformations, and the corresponding or resulting changes in state structures that emerge. Probing and extending existing paradigms, the book offers three regional cases studies: the periphery states of the Middle East and North Africa, the second world states of the Russian Federation, and the core states of the European Union. It concludes with three chapters that synthesize the above themes to identify corresponding changes in the patterns of international politics.
"These are absolutely terrific essays—extremely insightful, well informed, and extraordinarily readable. The contributors make important arguments that are provocative and worth pondering." — Edward Rhodes, Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Rutgers University
"This book is an excellent exposition on the themes of globalization and security. It problematizes dominant theories of security in light of events like 9/11 and places them in important conceptual and historical backgrounds. It not only critiques dominant paradigms, but also replaces them with critically argued insights." — J. P. Singh, coeditor of Information Technologies and Global Politics: The Changing Scope of Power and Governance
Ersel Aydinli is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University in Turkey. During academic year 2004–2005, he is a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard's International Security Program. James N. Rosenau is University Professor of International Affairs at The George Washington University. He is the author and editor of many books, including Distant Proximities: Dynamics beyond Globalization and Thinking Theory Thoroughly: Coherent Approaches to an Incoherent World, Second Edition (coauthored with Mary Durfee).
- Conclusion: Seeking Conceptual Links for Changing Paradigms
- Anarchy Meets Globalization: A New Security Dilemma for the Modernizing State
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Document Length: 282 pp.