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- DescriptionDoes techlogy kill distance? Does the 'globalisation' of the world make the US and its allies vulnerable to violence, terrorism or cyber-assault? 'Globalism'-- the belief that changes in information, transport and communications are dangerously shrinking the world -- is a reigning assumption amongst security elites. It makes the United States and its allies feel perpetually insecure, haunted by rumours of chain reactions and the domi effect. At the same time, the vision of instant and borderless warfare can be seductive, making Westerners believe they must strike first, with new powers to tame a chaotic world. Under the shadow of Globalism, disastrous wars are fought, civil liberties are threatened and hysteria replaces sober debate about foreign policy. In The Global Village Myth, Patrick Porter demonstrates through studies of Al-Qaeda's global terror network, military tensions in the Taiwan Strait, drones and cyberwar, that Globalism is wildly overstated. Techlogy may accelerate movement and compress physical space. But it does t necessarily shrink strategic space, the ability to project power affordably across the earth.If distance is created by humans exploiting techlogy and terrain, the world in important ways is getting larger, t smaller. This makes us less powerful, but more secure, than we think. Porter offers an alternative outlook to lead policymakers toward more sensible responses and a wiser, more sustainable, grand strategy.
- Author BiographyPatrick Porter is Professor of Strategic Studies, University of Exeter and the author of Military Orientalism: Eastern War through Western Eyes, also available from Hurst.
- Author(s)Patrick Porter
- PublisherC Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
- Date of Publication02/03/2015
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintC Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
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