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The Globalization of Political Violence
Globalization's Shadow

ISBN 9780415425346
Published February 14, 2008 by Routledge
308 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The events of the 11th of September 2001 revealed most dramatically that globalization has a shadow. While large sections of the world’s population enjoy the perceived benefits of globalization, others seek to utilize globalization for their own politically violent purposes. If 9/11 demonstrated anything, it is that globalization can as readily facilitate violence and insecurity as it can produce stability, prosperity and political order.

This edited volume offers important new methodological and multi-disciplinary insights into the study of globalization and political violence. It brings together studies from various disciplines in order to address the precise nature of the relationship between globalization and political violence as it seeks to offer new theoretical and empirical understandings of the types of actors involved in political violence, either as perpetrators or victims.

Examples of the studies include the changing character of state militaries and state-to-state conflict under globalization, the emergence of ‘new wars’ fuelled by globalization, the role of state militaries in intervention, new forms of violence directed by states against refugees and anti-globalization protesters, the role of terrorist actors post-9/11, networks for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the rise of private military firms amongst others.

The Globalization of Political Violence will be of interest to students and researchers of politics, international relations, security studies and international political economy.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors.  Preface and Acknowledgements.  Part I: Introduction  1. Globalization’s Shadow: An Introduction to the Globalization of Political Violence Richard Devetak  Part II: Military Force  2. Globalization and Military Force(s) Graeme Cheeseman  3. Cosmopolitanism and Military Intervention William Smith and Robert Fine  Part III: Global Insecurity  4. Globalization and Political Violence: The Environmental Connection Lorraine Elliott  5. International Legal Responses to WMD proliferation Daniel H. Joyner  Part IV: States of Violence  6. The Globalization of Violence against Refugees Sharon Pickering  7. Old Violences, New Challenges: The Adaptation of Basque ETA to its Changing Environment Asta Maskaliunaite  Part V: State Failure and the Global Economy  8. State Failure and Intervention in Africa Paul-Simon Handy and Dunja Speiser  9. Post-Conflict Recovery: New Wars and the Global Economy Tony Addison  Part VI: Counter-Globalizations  10. Antipodal Terrorists? Accounting for Differences in Australian "Global" Neojihadists Peter Lentini  11. "Viva Nihilism!" On Militancy and Machismo in (Anti-) Globalization Protest Sian Sullivan  Bibliography


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Richard Devetak is Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Director of the Rotary Centre for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution at the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, Australia.

Christopher W. Hughes is Principal Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Globalisation and Regionalisation, as well as Reader in International Politics at the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick, UK.


"Academics and pundits refer to the ‘dark side of globalization’. Some examine aspects of the linkages between globalization and political violence. None, however, match the accomplishment of this volume in considering the emergent forms of insecurity in such a comprehensive manner. Shifting the focus away from a purely state-centric approach, the contributors to this book examine the wide-ranging dimensions of violence with which scholars and policymakers will have to come to terms in forthcoming decades."

Simon Reich, University of Pittsburgh, USA

"Violent conflict in the 21st century no longer conforms to the Clausewitzean and Weberian models of war between vertically organized states. Rather it involves horizontally organized networks: loose transnational factions and the demonstration effect; civil and cross-border wars; translocal ethnic and religious conflicts; migration and diasporas; private military corporations and criminal mafias. States, international organizations and non-state actors are struggling to find horizontally organized responses, but are increasingly ineffective and overstretched. This book breaks new ground in addressing how the globalization of violence is reshaping the very structure of world politics."

Philip G. Cerny, Professor of Global Affairs, Rutgers University-Newark, USA