Thursday, July 20, 2006

The new world disorder

Vladimir Putin
"Henry Kissinger has suggested that the geopolitics of Asia in the 21st century could resemble those of Europe in the 19th century, with great powers jockeying for position, using war as the continuation of politics by other means. But it could be worse. It could be that kind of great-power rivalry on a world scale, plus terrorists. And corporations. And transnational religious communities. And international NGOs. No moral equivalence is suggested between these very different kinds of actor, but what they all have in common is that they don't fit neatly into a world order of states." —Timothy Garton Ash

1 comment:

Owen Blacker said...

As I posted elsewhere yesterday, surely the world needs to get used to the idea that, since the dawn of Irish nationalism but certainly since more recently, the concept of the Westphalian nation-state is increasingly redundant?

All guerilla actions belie the idea that nation-states are the only actors in geopolitics (ignoring that Switzerland isn't really a nation-state, the confederation having been created to avoid their inclusion in a German nation-state in the form of the Empire).

When are people gonna stop modelling their expectations solely on the existance of nation-states and not of non-state actors — not only terrorists, but also NGOs and supranational bodies?