There is a growing recognition that globalization is leading to fundamental changes in world order, creating new imperatives and requiring new ways of understanding the international system. Two of the most important actors in the contemporary international system are the United States and Europe, and their relationship is fundamental in shaping international order. International order shapes, and is also being shaped by, the forces of globalization, whether cultural, political or economic. This volume examines issues that transcend national and cultural boundaries, discussing international order from the perspective of the English School of International Relations. It covers areas such as: great powers' foreign policy; relations among great powers; sovereignty, democracy and legitimacy; international terrorism and intelligence; and institutions and international organizations. Ultimately, it analyzes what is to be done to assure a stable international order. The volume is relevant to security studies, foreign policy, transatlantic relations and international organizations, as well as international relations theory.
Yannis A. Stivachtis is Director of The International Studies Program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, USA. He is also Head of the Politics and International Affairs Research Unit at Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), USA.
'Maintaining international order is a long-standing problem that has become evermore difficult in an increasingly globalised world. In this very timely and significant book, Yannis Stivachtis has brought together academics and practitioners from Europe and North America to reflect on the theoretical and practical implications of developments in the twenty-first century that impinge on international order.' Richard Little, University of Bristol, UK 'This important volume sheds new light on the connections between major power interests, foreign policy strategies and international order in a world of globalization, including thought-provoking treatments of the transatlantic relationship in particular. Illuminating reading for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the forces and processes shaping international society today.' Daniel M. Green, University of Delaware, USA 'The different chapters are written by specialists who offer rigorously argued and very well illustrated analyses. The researchers who will be most interested in these topics will therefore find invaluable expertise from these authors.' Etudes internationales '[The volume] illuminates the impact of globalization on the nature of international order...relevant to students and practitioners of world affairs alike...invaluable for the purposes of teaching, theorizing and grasping the turbulent dynamics of global politics.' Political Studies Review