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By Hussein Solomon

Ours is an age of significant upheaval the place switch occasionally seems to be the one consistent. 3 of crucial forces using such switch are globalization, regionalization and democratization. This huge paintings makes a concerted try to comprehend those forces, and to teach how they impression at the very important query of world defense within the united states, Latin the United States, South Asia, South East Asia, Europe, Russia, the center East, and Africa. every one discourse gets gigantic insurance: from economics and politics to faith, spiritual fundamentalism and human rights.

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Henceforth, a state of emergency is able to spread without the constraint of time or space . . qxd 9/4/2007 42 1:52 PM Page 42 CHALLENGES TO GLOBAL SECURITY that is always possible, always announced, always reported. We have entered a situation which is without historical precedent. It is a situation of hysteria. Hence, the use of the word panic. 24 (author’s translation) The unknowns or ambiguities inherent in the dynamic of nuclear proliferation and terrorism have, it seems, combined to haunt the psyche of the world’s only superpower.

Ambiguity and uncertainty, now integral to the use of force in international relations, have translated into imperial vulnerability. Indeed, ambiguity is at the heart of terrorism itself. What exactly does this phenomenon represent? Who or what are terrorists? What are their objectives and future plans? As for weapons of mass destruction, the questions are many but the answers stubbornly elusive. Who has them? Who might have them? Who could have them? Who wants to have them? qxd 9/4/2007 38 1:52 PM Page 38 CHALLENGES TO GLOBAL SECURITY Rumsfeld’s comment at a Department of Defense briefing assumes a significance that few have fully appreciated: .

This would also make the cohesion between national interests and regional collective interests that much easier. National entities subscribing to a common value system would also greatly facilitate the formation of common policies at the regional level. Thus, it may be argued that what is driving new regionalization efforts is a common value system. It would also stand to reason that those regional structures which are driven by a democratic value system, and where human security is paramount, are fundamentally different from those which subscribe to a less democratic ethos where state (read elite) security is paramount.

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