While the events of 9/11 provoked countless debates aboutinternational politics, security, and global order, one questiondominates. Should the United States don the mantle of empire for thesake 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 internationalinstitutions at the top and individuals and groups at the bottom. Casestudies dealing with Canada’s role in the construction andmaintenance of global order, both domestically and internationally,reveal that the location of social and political practices creatingglobal order is no longer certain. How are these practices influencingAmerica’s ability to structure its power around the world? Whatare the links between Canadian security policy, our involvement in thewar in Afghanistan, and US power?Rather than taking the state and international system for granted, thistimely and remarkable book demonstrates that global order post-9/11 isnot exclusively American – allied powers are a key component ofits 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 ofpolitical science at Laurentian University.
Wayne S. Cox is an assistant professor of politicalstudies at Queen’s University.
Contributors: David Black, Siobhan Byrne, T. S.(Todd) Hataley, Gary Kinsman, Alex Macleod, Kim Richard Nossal, DanO’Meara, Geneviève Parent, Malcolm Savage, Jonathan Sears,Timothy M. Shaw, Peter J. Stoett, Kathryn Trevenen, Claire TurenneSjolander
Introduction: Locating Global Order / Bruno Charbonneau andWayne S. Cox
Part 1: American Power and the Location of GlobalOrder
1 Hegemony, Militarism, and Identity: Locating the United States asthe Global Power / Dan O’Meara
2 The Neoconservative Challenge to Realist Thinking in AmericanForeign Policy / Alex Macleod
Part 2: Constructing Global Order at Home andAbroad – The Case of Canada’s Mission inAfghanistan
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 Caseof Afghanistan / Kim Richard Nossal
5 Constructions of Nation, Constructions of War: MediaRepresentations of Captain Nichola Goddard / Claire TurenneSjolander and Kathryn Trevenen
Part 3: Constructing Global Order at Home –Conceptualizations and Practices of NationalSecurity
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 ofthe 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, andSovereignty / Peter Stoett
Part 4: Constructing Global Order Abroad –Canada’s Policies in Africa
10 Canada, Africa and "New" Multilateralisms for GlobalGovernance: Before and After the Harper Regime in Ottawa? / TimothyM. Shaw
11 Mainstreaming Investment: Foreign and Security PolicyImplications of Canadian Extractive Industries in Africa / DavidBlack and Malcolm Savage
12 Peace-Building between Canadian Values and Local Knowledge: SomeLessons from Timbuktu / Jonathan Sears
13 Conclusion: Relocating Global Order / Bruno Charbonneau andWayne S. Cox
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