Globalization and the National Security State by Norrin M. Ripsman

By Norrin M. Ripsman

Some time past 20 years, many have posited a correlation among the unfold of globalization and the decline of the countryside. within the realm of nationwide safety, advocates of the globalization thesis have argued that states' energy has reduced relative to transnational governmental associations, NGOs, and transnational capitalism. before everything, they pointed to declines in either worldwide army spending (which has risen dramatically in recent times) and interstate warfare. yet are those developments relatively indicative of the decline of nation-state's position as a guarantor of nationwide defense? In Globalization and the nationwide safeguard kingdom, T.V. Paul and Norrin M. Ripsman attempt the proposition opposed to the on hand proof and locate that the globalization college has mostly gotten it flawed. The decline in interstate struggle can principally be attributed to the tip of the chilly warfare, no longer globalization. additionally, nice powers (the US, China, and Russia) proceed to pursue conventional countryside recommendations. nearby protection preparations just like the ecu and ASEAN haven't completed a lot, and susceptible states--the ones so much impacted through the turmoil generated through globalization--are way more conventional of their methods to nationwide safeguard, who prefer to depend on their very own assets instead of these of local and transnational associations. this can be a daring argument, and Paul and Ripsman amass a large amount of proof for his or her claims. It cuts opposed to a tremendous flow in diplomacy scholarship, and is certain to generate controversy.

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38 Once again, however, it is not clear whether we can fairly attribute this reduction to globalization. 39 Large land armies are unlikely to remain high on national agendas, because modern weaponry can achieve many tasks assigned previously to military personnel. Furthermore, as with the initial reduction in defense spending, the reduction in global manpower is also consistent with the peace dividend sought by most countries at the end of the Cold War. There would appear, therefore, to be no significant and consistent trend to lower national military spending, despite the pressures of globalization.

3 Under these circumstances, the state is an obsolescent institution, ill equipped to control its economic destiny, provide for the welfare of its citizens, or ensure its own security. The supreme mobility of capital and labor make it easy for businesses to escape national regulations and shop around for the most hospitable environment within which to operate. The state is, therefore, severely limited in the restrictions it can place on business activities. Nor, as more and more production and distribution take place beyond national boundaries, can the state shield its citizens from economic shocks (such as refinery fires, strikes, inclement weather, or natural disasters) that take place halfway around the world.

33 Thus, the economic gains of globalization do not appear to be restraining the willingness of states to spend on defense. Global arms sales data provide another useful resource in assessing the impact of global forces on the state’s security function. According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the global arms market (measured in terms of arms transfer agreements, rather than actual annual sales) has not contracted dramatically in recent years, but it has not grown considerably either.

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