While the events of 9/11 provoked countless debates about international politics, security, and global order, one question dominates. Should the United States don the mantle of empire for the sake of world peace, or will peace come through world government?
This volume questions the very assumptions of this debate – that the political order is hierarchical, with state and international institutions at the top and individuals and groups at the bottom. Case studies dealing with Canada’s role in the construction and maintenance of global order, both domestically and internationally, reveal that the location of social and political practices creating global order is no longer certain. How are these practices influencing America’s ability to structure its power around the world? What are the links between Canadian security policy, our involvement in the war in Afghanistan, and US power?Rather than taking the state and international system for granted, this timely and remarkable book demonstrates that global order post-9/11 is not exclusively American – allied powers are a key component of its hegemony.
This is one of the few books about ‘global’ politics that has engaged my attention in a long time. It is well informed, well edited, and equally well written. Locating Global Order is both important and provocative – important, in that it insists on interrogating the relationship between politics and location to avoid clichés about territorialized nation-states or patterns of globalization; provocative, in that it disrupts some powerful claims about where politics ought to be occurring.
Locating Global Order is interesting, intelligent, and accessible. It would work well as a reader for senior undergraduates and graduate students in Canadian foreign policy and related fields.
Bruno Charbonneau is an associate professor of political science at Laurentian University.
Wayne S. Cox is an assistant professor of political studies at Queen’s University.
Contributors: David Black, Siobhan Byrne, T. S. (Todd) Hataley, Gary Kinsman, Alex Macleod, Kim Richard Nossal, Dan O’Meara, Geneviève Parent, Malcolm Savage, Jonathan Sears, Timothy M. Shaw, Peter J. Stoett, Kathryn Trevenen, Claire Turenne Sjolander
Introduction: Locating Global Order / Bruno Charbonneau and Wayne S. Cox
Part 1: American Power and the Location of Global Order
1 Hegemony, Militarism, and Identity: Locating the United States as the Global Power / Dan O’Meara
2 The Neoconservative Challenge to Realist Thinking in American Foreign Policy / Alex Macleod
Part 2: Constructing Global Order at Home and Abroad – The Case of Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan
3 Managing Life in Afghanistan: Canadian Tales of Peace, Security, and Development / Bruno Charbonneau and Geneviève Parent
4 Rethinking the Security Imaginary: Canadian Security and the Case of Afghanistan / Kim Richard Nossal
5 Constructions of Nation, Constructions of War: Media Representations of Captain Nichola Goddard / Claire Turenne Sjolander and Kathryn Trevenen
Part 3: Constructing Global Order at Home – Conceptualizations and Practices of National Security
6 Against National Security: From the Canadian War on Queers to the "War on Terror" / Gary Kinsman
7 Framing Post-9/11 Security: Tales of State Securitization and of the Experiences of Muslim Communities / Siobhan Byrne
8 Re-Conceptions of National Security in the Age of Terrorism: Implications for Federal Policing in Canada / T.S. (Todd) Hataley
9 Biosecurity in Canada and Beyond: Invasions, Imperialisms, and Sovereignty / Peter Stoett
Part 4: Constructing Global Order Abroad – Canada’s Policies in Africa
10 Canada, Africa and "New" Multilateralisms for Global Governance: Before and After the Harper Regime in Ottawa? / Timothy M. Shaw
11 Mainstreaming Investment: Foreign and Security Policy Implications of Canadian Extractive Industries in Africa / David Black and Malcolm Savage
12 Peace-Building between Canadian Values and Local Knowledge: Some Lessons from Timbuktu / Jonathan Sears
13 Conclusion: Relocating Global Order / Bruno Charbonneau and Wayne S. Cox
The Impact of 9/11 on North American Security
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