1st Edition

Strategic Impasse Social Origins of Geopolitical Disarray

By Juan E. Corradi Copyright 2019
    162 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    162 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    "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.


    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


    After Pax Americana: Ten Theses on Geopolitical Disarray




    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.