Opportunity Lost: Zones of War and the War on Terror

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Title Opportunity Lost: Zones of War and the War on Terror
Author Griffiths, Martin
Publication Title First International Sources of Insecurity Conference
Editor Damien Grenfell
Year Published 2004
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher RMIT Publishing
Abstract The events of 9/11 provided the United States, and indeed the international community as a whole, with a unique opportunity to begin to shape a new world order to enhance global security in addition to the American 'homeland'. What had been framed as a moral problem within a discourse of humanitarian intervention to deal with a growing list of 'failed states', was now a strategic issue in which the security of the core was linked with that of the periphery via the demonstrated ability of al-Qaeda to establish a foothold in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Unfortunately, that opportunity has not been taken by the Bush Administration. Whether it still exists remains an open question, but there is little doubt that the window is closing fast. This paper is divided into three parts. First, I elaborate the distinction between core and periphery that was a central metaphor for the post-cold war period among many commentators. Second, I trace the shift in US foreign policy from Bush's 'new realism' to 'nation-building' after 9/11. Finally, I suggest that the key failing of this change in American grand strategy not, as is sometimes claimed, the substitution of multilateralism and containment by allegedly novel forms of unilateralism and military pre-emption, but rather the United States' simultaneous support for nation-building and a neoliberal foreign economic policy designed explicity to weaken the state in the periphery
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=876090135555686;res=E-LIBRARY
ISBN 0864593333
Conference name First International Sources of Insecurity Conference
Location RMIT, Melbourne
Date From 2004-11-09
Date To 2004-11-12
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/32919
Date Accessioned 2006-07-03
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Asia Institute; Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-International Relations
WWW reference http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=876090135555686;res=E-LIBRARY
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1x

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