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War, Peace and Progress in the 21st Century

Development, Violence and Insecurity, 1st Edition

Edited by Mark T. Berger, Heloise Weber


286 pages

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The history of development is one marked by insecurities, violence, and persistent conflict. It is not surprising, therefore, that development is now thought of as one of the central challenges of world politics. However, its complexities are often overlooked in scholarly analysis and among policy practitioners, who tend to adopt a technocratic approach to the crisis of development and violence.

This book brings together a wide range of contributions aimed at investigating different aspects of the history of development and violence, and its implications for contemporary efforts to consolidate the development-security nexus. From environmental concerns, through vigilante citizenship, to the legacies of armed conflicts during and after decolonization, the different chapters reconstruct the contradictory history of development and critically engage contemporary responses and their implications for social and political analyses.

In examining violence and insecurity in relation to core organising principles of world politics the contributors engage the problems associated with the nation state and the inter-state system and underlying assumptions of the promises of progress. The book offers a range of perspectives on the contradictions of development, and on how domination, violence and resistance have been conceived. At the same time it exemplifies the relevance of alternative methodological and conceptual approaches to contemporary challenges of development.

This book was published as a special issue of Third World Quarterly.

Table of Contents

1. War, Peace and Progress: Conflict, Development, (in)Security and Violence in the 21st century Mark T. Berger and Heloise Weber Part 1: The ‘Crisis’ of the Nation-State 2. The Failure of State Building and the Promise of State Failure: Reinterpreting the Security–Development Nexus in Haiti Kamil Shah 3. State Building or Crisis Management? A Critical Analysis of the Social and Political Implications of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands Shahar Hameiri 4. What Sustains ‘Internal Wars’? The Dynamics of Violent Conflict and State Weakness in Sudan Benjamin R. Maitre 5. Realities of War: Global Development, Growing Destructiveness and the Coming of a New Dark Age? John Arquilla 6. The Logic of Warlord Politics Gordon H. McCormick and Lindsay Fritz 7. ‘Sons of the Soil’ and Contemporary State Making: Autochthony, Uncertainty and Political Violence in Africa Kevin C. Dunn 8. Violence and Victory: Guerrilla Warfare, ‘Authentic Self-Affirmation’ and the Overthrow of the Colonial State Sebastian Kaempf Part 2: The ‘Crisis’ of Global Development 9. Displacing Insecurity in a Divided World: Global Security, International Development and the Endless Accumulation of Capital Marcus Taylor 10. The Pedagogy of Global Development: The Promotion of Electoral Democracy and the Latin Americanisation of Europe Teivo Teivainen 11. Global Development and Human (In)Security: Understanding the Rise of the Rajah Solaiman Movement and Balik Islam in the Philippines Douglas A. Borer, Sean F. Everton and Moises M. Nayve, Jr. 12. The Rise of a Global God-Image? Spiritual Internationalists, the International Left and the Idea of Human Progress Sebastian Job 13. Securing the State and Developing Social Insecurities: The Securitisation of Citizenship in Contemporary Colombia Cristina Rojas 14. Contemporary Contradictions of the Global Development Project: Geopolitics, Global Ecology and the ‘Development Climate’ Philip McMichael 15. Human (In)Security and Development in the 21st Century Heloise Weber and Mark T. Berger

About the Editors

Mark T. Berger is Visiting Professor in the Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA and Adjunct Professor in History/Politics, Irving K Barber School of Arts and Sciences, University of British Columbia (Okanagan). He is the author of The Battle for Asia: From Decolonization to Globalization (2004); editor of From Nation-Building to State-Building (2007); co-editor (with Douglas A. Borer) of The Long War: Insurgency, Counterinsurgency and Collapsing States (2008) and editor of After the Third World? (2008). He is co-author (with Heloise Weber) of Rethinking the Third World: International Development and World Politics (Forthcoming 2011).

Heloise Weber is Lecturer in International Relations and Development Studies at the School of Political Science and International Studies, The University of Queensland. She has published articles in Review of International Political Economy, Review of International Studies, Third World Quarterly and Globalizations. She is co-author (with Mark T. Berger) of Rethinking the Third World: International Development and World Politics (2010). She is also working on a monograph Organizing Poverty: The Global Politics of Microfinance.

About the Series


THIRDWORLDS will focus on the political economy, development and cultures of those parts of the world that have experienced the most political, social, and economic upheaval, and which have faced the greatest challenges of the postcolonial world under globalisation: poverty, displacement and diaspora, environmental degradation, human and civil rights abuses, war, hunger, and disease.

THIRDWORLDS serves as a signifier of oppositional emerging economies and cultures ranging from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East, and even those ‘Souths’ within a larger perceived North, such as the U.S. South and Mediterranean Europe. The study of these otherwise disparate and discontinuous areas, known collectively as the Global South, demonstrates that as globalisation pervades the planet, the south, as a synonym for subalterity, also transcends geographical and ideological frontiers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / Arms Control
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Nationalism
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Developing Countries