A Proposal for Inclusive Peace and Security

The Nexus Between Transnational Threats, Globalization, and Internal Resilience

A Proposal for Inclusive Peace and Security

In this era of globalization, a multitude of threats impact the security of populations everywhere. These threats now increasingly transgress the traditional boundaries of states and are often non-military in nature, requiring more comprehensive and multifaceted approaches and policy responses. While every threat is unique in terms of its root causes and remedies, philosophical and conceptual methods exist that offer valuable tools for analysis and potential policy recommendations for states facing such threats. This book presents in a novel way, eight such approaches that - when applied against any transnational threat - may help to enhance the effectiveness of states in their pursuit of long-term and durable security.


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"This study is admirably refreshing - not least because it carries little of the over-heavy, theoretical baggage that frequently weighs down other globalization studies. It encouragingly does not give up on optimism in the face of future uncertainties and multiple challenges, all of which might otherwise overwhelm policy makers, scholars, and commentators. It demonstrates a deeply compassionate way of thinking through problems and shows compellingly what mixture of things can be done in practice."

Dr. Peter Foot, Head of Training and Education, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

"This book provides a clear and comprehensive grid for the understanding of the changing nature of international relations on the eve of the third millennium, as well as an original multidimensional policy-oriented toolbox to help decision makers to cope with present transnational security challenges conceived, from both a cosmopolitan and multilateralist approach, guaranteeing the sustainability of international peace and stability. Presented as an "octagon," the topics range from global justice, empowered sustainable development, respect and tolerance for diversity, global governance, and awareness of security and transcultural synergy."

Professor Victor-Yves Ghebali, Professor of Political Science, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva


1. Introduction

1. Transnational Security as a Concept
2. Approaches to Transnational Security Challenges
3. The Octagon in Practice
4. Conclusion

2. Awareness

1. Introduction
2. Knowledge of History, Cultures, and Cultural Symbolism
3. Awareness of Past and Present Pains, Fears, and Aspirations 
4. Conclusion

3. Empowerment and Sustainable Development

1. Introduction 
2. Elimination of Ignorance Through Education 
3. Exchange and Training 
4. Elimination of Poverty 
5. Promotion of Good Health 
6. Conclusion

4. Respect and Tolerance for Diversity

1. Introduction 
2. Ethnicity and Creed 
3. Identity and Other “Truths” 
4. Dignity 
5. Conclusion

5. Good Governance

1. Introduction 
2. Participation
3. Power-sharing
4. Human Rights
5. Human Security
6. Accountability and Transparency
7. International Security
8. Conflict Prevention 
9. Conclusion

6. Global Justice

1. Introduction 
2. Global Justice 
3. Unconditional Commitment to International Law
4. Fairness, Equality, and Impartiality 
5. Credibility of International Resolutions 
6. Conclusion

7. Transcultural Synergy

1. Introduction 
2. Alliance and Co-existence of Civilizations 
3. Cross-fertilization of Cultures and Exchange 
4. Fair Competition for the Betterment of Humanity
5. Conclusion

8. Multilateralism

1. Introduction 
2. Strong Multilateral System 
3. Increase Representation and Rethink, Eliminate, or Widen the UN Veto System 
4. Recognition That Security and Prosperity is Not a Zero-sum Game
5. Conclusion

9. Cosmopolitanism

1. Introduction 
2. Moral Cosmopolitanism 
3. Political Cosmopolitanism 
4. Economic Cosmopolitanism 
5. Conclusion

10. Conclusion