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Strategic Impasse
Social Origins of Geopolitical Disarray

ISBN 9781138212572
Published July 18, 2018 by Routledge
162 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

"Damned if you do; damned if you don’t" voices the strategic impasse the USA finds itself in today. Liberal interventionism and globalization—the two pillars of the international system—seem not to work. Explaining the inability of Western powers to enact wise initiatives, Corradi explores the de-coupling of political systems: we are connected with each other but disconnected from policy makers. The paradox of increased connectivity and collective disengagement sets a perverse dynamic between publics and elites, with a serious impact on world affairs. Corradi analyzes the social bases of present dilemmas and how incipient decline can be managed, and paralysis overcome.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
We Have a Problem

Chapter 2
Running Amok, or the End of Capitalism as We Know It

Chapter 3
The Failure of Alternatives

Chapter 4
The New Ancien Régime

Chapter 5
The Mindless Mind, or the New Wiles of Propaganda

Chapter 6
Another Rubicon? Reflections on Defeasance in the West

Chapter 7
Behemoth Lite: National-Populist Democracy and Its Impact on Strategy

Chapter 8
When Nobody Minds the Shop

Chapter 9
Geostrategic Rivalries in a Period of Potential Deglobalization


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Dr. Juan E. Corradi is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at New York University and the author of the book, South of the Crisis: Latin American Perspectives on the Late Capitalist World (Anthem Press, 2010). As a native Latin American teaching in the USA, his work in cultural sociology has informed his scholarship on world affairs for four decades.