National Interest, International Relations and International Law — Is Power Politics Dead in this Era of Globalization?

     Globe and Conflict (FT)
     The simple answer is that power politics is not dead in this new era of globalization.
      Yes, we have new rules for inter-state relations brought about by globalization.  But calculations of national interests in foreign policy decision-making is done throughout the capitals of the world. The calculations vary and new global rules have not fully evolved or accepted by all. The tensions between economic interdependence and regional relations are still playing out.
    Most importantly, as the  crisis over the Ukraine and the Crimea illustrate, the clash of newer global rules with older national concerns is unsettled. The new international political system is a work in progress. The era of pre-World War I globalization died in August 1914. This new era of  globalization in the early 21st Century is confronting critical challenges. 
     As we approach this August, the one-hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, we need to pause and reassess the interplay between national interests, global rules, and globalization. No outcome is historically mandated. Good policy and good leaders will make the difference.
….. “21st-century Power Politics.” Washington Post (March 28, 2014).
….. Article.Globalization — Best of Times (FT 3.26.14))Financial Times (March 28, 2014).

About Stuart Malawer

Distinguished Service Professor of Law & International Trade at George Mason University (Schar School of Public Policy).
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