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The Quest for SecurityProtection Without Protectionism and the Challenge of Global Governance$
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Joseph Stiglitz and Mary Kaldor

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156868

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156868.001.0001

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Global Security Cooperation in the Twenty-First Century*

Global Security Cooperation in the Twenty-First Century*

Chapter:
(p.94) 4 Global Security Cooperation in the Twenty-First Century*
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The Quest for Security
Author(s):

G. John Ikenberry

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156868.003.0004

This chapter considers the role of the United States in the global security system. First, it looks at the changing character of America's security environment, suggesting that the fundamental driver of change is a profound deepening of “security interdependence.” Second, it examines the various forms of security cooperation needed in this complex environment of shifting, diffuse, and uncertain threats. It argues that the most important way to pursue security in this environment is to focus on building cooperative security institutions. Rather than direct attention to one threat or one enemy, the United States needs to pursue a “milieu-oriented” security strategy. Finally, it looks at the underlying principles and norms of a twenty-first century global security system. Notions of “national” security will need to yield to notions of “comprehensive” and “cooperative” security. Importantly, the United States will need to lead the way in bringing other states into a global system of security cooperation that fashions bargains and institutions to a new reality with both great promise and great peril.

Keywords:   United States, global security, global governance, foreign policy, foreign relations, security interdependence, security cooperation

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