This volume examines the complex international system of the twenty first century from a variety of perspectives. Proceeding from critical theoretical perspectives and incorporating case studies, the chapters focus on broad trends as well as micro-realities of a Post-Westphalian international system. The process of transformation and change of the international system has been an ongoing cumulative process. Many forces including conflict, technological innovation, and communication have contributed to the creation of a transnational world with political, economic, and social implications for all societies. Transnationalism functions both as an integrative factor and one which exposes the existing and the newly emerging divisions between societies and cultures and between nations and states. The chapters in this volume demonstrate that re-thinking fundamental assumptions as well as theoretical and methodological premises is central to understanding the dynamics of interdependence.

chapter |4 pages


BySai Felicia Krishna-Hensel

chapter |20 pages

Technology, Change, and the International System

BySai Felicia Krishna-Hensel

chapter |28 pages

Shaping the World Order by Force

ByIrma Slomczynska

chapter |26 pages

Actors and Tools in the Post-Westphalian World

The Targeted Sanctions of the European Union 1
ByFrancesco Giumelli

chapter |18 pages

International Order and Global Leadership

ByTian Jia-Dong

chapter |18 pages

One World – Many ‘Orders'?

ByPawel Frankowski

chapter |16 pages

State Failure in the Contemporary International System

New Trends, New Threats 1
ByNatalia Piskunova

chapter |18 pages

NATO's First Mission to Africa – Darfur

ByGlen Segell

chapter |22 pages

Between Shadows and Hopes

Discursive Representations of Female Suicide Bombings and the Global Order
ByTanya Narozhna

chapter |12 pages

Burying Sovereignty in its Birthplace

Back to the Middle Ages
ByErdem Özlük, Murat Çemrek

chapter |4 pages


BySai Felicia Krishna-Hensel