The Geopolitical and Geosecurity Implications of Globalization



The Geopolitical and Geosecurity Implications of Globalization 

The authors believe that national security is no longer simply national but also transnational and transcultural in its scope, and globalization has a significant role to play in the development of security and strategic agendas at all levels. The pursuit of global security is a transnational phenomenon which is heightened and potentially hindered by the globalization process.

This publication proposes an alternative new security principle, which the editor believes is central to the understanding and attainment of lasting security and peace in today's globalized world. The principle, termed"justice-based penta-security," states that "in a globalized world, security can no longer be thought of as a zero-sum game involving states alone. Global security is a pentagon of human, environmental, national, transnational, and transcultural security, and global security and the security of any one state or culture cannot, therefore, be achieved without good governance (domestic and global) that guarantees security through justice for all individuals, states, and cultures."

Through an examination of the economic, political, environmental, societal, and military links between globalization and security, this book provides insight into a complicated and diverse problem while proposing solutions to some of the more pressing issues that states are currently facing. This book contributes an innovative new theory and a unique perspective to the vast literature on globalization and security in a way never before achieved, making it a vital reference to any comprehensive study of these issues.

Contributing authors include Neil MacFarlane, Urs Luterbacher, Anthony Cordesman, Bethany Webster, Cédric Dupont, Graeme Herd and Nayef Al-Rodhan.



"-This book is a timely, highly relevant, multifaceted and most interesting contribution to the thinking on international security and globalization. The key argument of the book that security can, in a globalized world, only be achieved through increased international cooperation at every level, including the cultural one, is pertinent. Security has ceased to be a zero-sum game. It is an objective we have to work towards jointly."

Ambassador Dr. Theodor H. Winkler, Director, Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, Geneva, Switzerland

"In becoming a household name (and often a whipping-boy), the idea of globalization has risked losing some of its focus and diagnostic force. This book faces up to the challenge of defining it and explores its many implications, with a linking theme of multi-dimensional security. It adds up to a versatile reader that also leaves questions open for further thought."

Alyson J.K. Bailes, Director, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), Stockholm, Sweden

"This diverse and rich collection of essays explores the complex links between globalization and contemporary security issues. It advances our understanding on a range of issues, and provides useful snapshots of key environmental, economic, political and geostrategic risks, challenges and vulnerabilities."

Dr. Keith Krause, Director, Programme in Strategic and International Security Studies, Graduate Institute of International Studies and Programme Director, Small Arms Survey, Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, Switzerland



1. The Geopolitical and Geosecurity Implications of Globalization: Proposal of a New Security Principle
Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan

2. Globalization and Security
S. Neil MacFarlane

3. Globalization and Security: The Economic Dimension
Cédric Dupont

4. Global Change, The Environment, and Conflict
Urs Luterbacher

5. Societal Security and Globalization
Bethany Webster

6. Political Security and Globalization
Graeme Herd

7. The Security Impact of Globalization: Living with Uncertainty and Complexity
Anthony H. Cordesman

8. The Future of Globalized Security
Nayef R.F. Al-Rodhan