Globalization and security : critical reflections.
Cheng, Pei Fong.
Date of Issue2000
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
This thesis is based on an empirical observation and a theoretical claim. The empirical observation derives from the growth and nature of transnational processes in the contemporary global system. The world is shrinking. The last two decades have also been marked by dramatic political, economic and social developments: the turn toward liberal democracy and the collapse or retreat of communism in a number of countries; accelerated global economic integration and reliance on market forces; rapid technological change and associated modification of production systems and labour markets; the media revolution and expansion of consumer culture. Yet some things about international politics have remained the same over the years. The world at the end of 20th century is a strange combination of continuity and change. Some aspects of international politics have not changed since the days of Thucydides. There is still a certain logic of hostility, a dilemma about security that goes with interstate politics, alliances and balances of power.
Nanyang Technological University