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Unformatted text preview: Prof. Minh A. Luong <[email protected]> The International State System INTL1280/POLS 1410: Global Security After the Cold War Brown University The International State System Global Security After the Cold War This document provides an outline of a presentation and is incomplete without the accompanying oral commentary and discussion. The International State System International State System International Relations 1280 Political Science 1410 Minh A. Luong <[email protected]> The content is the professional opinion of the presenters and is not necessarily the official position of Brown University, Yale University or the United States Government. © 2010 Ted R. Bromund and Minh A. Luong, All Rights Reserved 2 Themes for today The International System • Today’s theme: If you want to study global security, focusing on day-to-day events is not enough • Examine the origins and evolution of the modern international system, from 1648 to the present • Discuss how belief in the nation state as the foundation of that system rose and fell foundation of that system rose and fell. – You need to understand the international system, which provides the context for contemporary events. • My argument: Many people today do not understand the international system – In particular, the differences between American and European approaches – So they cannot place day to day events in their proper context. • The take-away: The international system was and is built on a foundation of nation states • Identify the enemies of the system, to see what they have in common as threats to global security – There are many people who would like to replace this system, and thus the nation, with something better. – The big question is: With what? 3 John Atkinson Hobson (1858-1940) “[T]he triumph of nationalism seems to have crushed the rising hope of internationalism. Yet it would appear that there is no essential antagonism between them. A true strong internationalism in form or spirit would rather imply the existence of powerful self powerful self-respecting nationalities which seek nationalities which seek union on the basis of common national needs and interests. . . . Nationalism is a plain highway to internationalism, and if it manifests divergence we may well suspect a perversion of its nature and purpose.” • J.A. Hobson, Imperialism: A Study (1902) 4 Hobson, British radical • Hobson: British radical, writing first modern study of imperialism. • But he makes a claim that, to our ears, is strange: “Nationalism is a plain highway to internationalism.” • What the #*@%?: nationalism #*@%? is contrary to internationalism! • Hobson makes exactly the reverse claim: nationalism is necessary for internationalism. • Why did Hobson write this in 1902? 5 © 2010, Ted R. Bromund and Minh A. Luong, All Rights Reserved 6 1 Prof. Minh A. Luong <[email protected]> The International State System INTL1280/POLS 1410: Global Security After the Cold War Brown University The Advent of Liberal Nationalism The beginnings of a...
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