2.1 – The New Global Politique: Harvesting the Furies or Reaping the Promises?


screen-capture-131Editors’ Note:

Just as the realities of the Cold War dominated international relations between the 1950s and 1980s, globalization is a constant thread running through world affairs in the 1990s and the early twenty-first century. At the onset of this new global politique, the world embraced the concept of a new order marked by increasing economic, cultural, and political interdependence. The emerging global system imbued new hope. It appeared to promise peace, prosperity, and justice for all.

Ten years on, any unconditional enthusiasm that might have existed about a new, interconnected world has fizzled. Accompanying the expanded links between peoples, polities, and economies, are mounting inequality, disenfranchisement of the poor, and environmental catastrophe. Yet the positive effects of increased interconnectivity are undeniable. Across the globe, real incomes are growing, the general quality of life is rising, and opportunities for developing countries and their citizens are increasing. This issue’s Forum exhibits the tensions inherent in contemporary world politics.

It is far from decided whether the world will harvest the furies or reap the promises of increasing integration. Alan Beattie, Economics correspondent for the Financial Times, recently wrote, “Debates on the benefits of globalization… are increasingly conducted with bottles and stones rather than journals and seminars.” It is our hope that through thoughtful dialogue, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs can play a small role in countering this trend– and, in doing so, bring a bit of coherence to this lively, chaotic, and sometimes violent debate.

– Meredith Campanale & Ja Ian Chong

Forum: The New Global Politique

  • Romancing the Globe by the Editors | Read  

This isn’t the first time the world has fallen in love with globalization. Despite what scores of academics, politicians, and journalists would have you believe, globalization is not new at all. In fact, globalization happened before and ended in failure. It remains to be seen, however, whether the second coming of globalization will transform human relations and development on the worldwide scale it has always promised to do or end as ignominously as the first.

Conflict & Security

South Asia goes nuclear — a look at security.

  • Bind me Up, Tie Me Down: Order, U.S. Power, and World Institutions Interview with G. John Ikenberry | Read  

Georgetown’s own G. John Ikenberry speaks to the Journal about international peace and order in the twenty-first century. 

Culture & Society

To effectively implement the lessons of the Holocaust, the international community must also implement those of Vietnam.

Business & Finance

  • Dollarization: Will Argentina Go All the Way? by Santiago Uribe | Read  

Argentina serves as the stage for the dollarization debate.

Law & Ethics

  • Lacking Pragmatism: Human Rights Policy towards China by Jacob A. Fisch | Read  

A guide for U.S. policymakers looking at human rights in China.

Politics & Diplomacy

  • Misión Posible: Returning Democracy to Peru interview with Alejandro Toledo | Read  

A talk with the man who would be president. Introduction by Marc Chernick.

To face the challenges of modern diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy institutions must adopt a network model.

Science & Technology

  • China’s Military Great Leap Forward? by Ming Zhang | Read  

A look at China’s attempts to bolster its strength in science and technology.

  • Bad connections? Foreign Ownership of U.S. Telecoms by Alan Pearce | Read  

The Germans are coming! The Germans are coming! Why this is a cause for alarm on Capitol Hill.


  • Behind Every Photo a Photographer Read  

Markus Cleverley reviews Marinovich and Silva’s The Bang-Bang Club.

  • An Alternative to Kick-Ass DiplomacyRead  

Joseph V. Montville reviews John D. Steinbruner’s Principles of Global Security.

  • A Pacific Future | Read  

Thomas W. Robinson reviews Blackwill and Dibb’s America’s Asian Alliance.

View from the Ground

  • A Fragile Peace by Eythan Sontag | Read  

A peacekeeper’s reflections on Kosovo.

A Look Back

  • Tales from the Congo by Alan W. Lukens | Read  

Complete with rescue missions, celebrations, and coups d’état.

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