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TitleToward a geopolitics of hope
Author William H. Thornton, Songok Han Thornton
Imprint Los Angeles : Sage, 2012
Descript xi, 261 p. ; 25 cm


Toward a Geopolitics of Hope posits a world order marked less by univocal "globalization" than by a grating geopolitics of rival capitalisms. Now that China, Russia, and much of the undemocratic developing world have embraced capitalism, this new Second World can no longer be regarded as a fleeting phenomenon. Globalization turns out to be anything but the steadfast ally of democratization it purports to be. Indeed, the Western democratic experiment of the last two centuries is starting to look very tentative and parochial. For this the West has nothing to blame but itself. In many respects the new Second World was spawned by First World neoliberal engagement. The Washington Consensus has not only brought the world to the brink of an intractable economic depression, but has played midwife to a chronic geopolitical crisis. Hope, however, is anything but defeatist in the face of this globalist impasse. It draws upon a host of non-Western reformisms—with special attention to those of India, Burma, and the Arab Spring—to forge a Global Third Way. Likewise its moral realism bridges the classic imperatives of Third World social justice and First World security. Its paramount goal is not just a new "soft power" politics, but a post-globalist geopolitics of hope. -- From front flap


Introduction: second world redux: the case for moral realism -- After the American century: the de-westernization of globalization -- Russia turns East: Putinism and the making of Kremlin capitalism -- The new China model: power through political underdevelopment -- Tibet's long shadow: China, India, and the Cold War over "Asian values" -- Tibet of the South: Burma as geopolitical testing ground -- Indo-globalization: India and the crisis of Asian democracy -- Race to the bottom: globalization with Chinese characteristics -- Freedom without borders: lessons of the Arab revolt for the globalist West -- Conclusion: the search for a post-globalist third way

Geopolitics -- History -- 21st century Balance of power -- History -- 21st century

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