Implications of the American Anti-Terrorism Coalition for Global Architectures
European Journal of Political Theory, Vol. 1, No. 1 (July 2002) 9-30
22 Pages Posted: 4 Oct 2012
Date Written: July 1, 2002
Given the rise in transnational problems and the inadequacy of the old, intergovernmental system, scholars are searching for a new, post-cold war global architecture. The 2001 anti-terrorism coalition presents a new architecture - the semi-empire - which is dominated by one nation (or a small group of nations) that pressures other nations to follow the course it sets, and has a limited number of missions. The article explores the possibility that the coalition could expand to tackle other transnational problems besides terrorism. Given the coalition's lack of scope and legitimacy, other options are explored that might be more effective and legitimate. The alternatives turn out to be either based on the old system (e.g. transgovernmental agencies), unrealistic except in the very long term (a global nation), or implausible (e.g. a global constitutional assembly). The article argues that an expanded coalition, or semi-empire, might gradually become more effective and legitimate over time.
Keywords: anti-terrorism coalition, global civil society, semi-empire, world government
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