By Rumu Sarkar Ph.D.

ISBN-10: 0313382328

ISBN-13: 9780313382321

ISBN-10: 0313382336

ISBN-13: 9780313382338

In A nervous Symmetry: the recent Soldier within the Age of uneven clash Professor Rumu Sarkar deploys a brand new set of analytical concepts to border the phenomenon of worldwide terrorism in a manner that's either illuminating and fruitful in its functional purposes for NATO, UN, and AU forces. With leading edge conceptual instruments constructed in her essay, "Une Sym?trie de los angeles Peur," which was once the Prix Fondation Saint-Cyr 2007 essay award winner, Sarkar makes use of the dialectic option to build in A worried Symmetry a brand new severe paradigm to solve the underlying tensions resulting in international terrorism. fundamental to this paradigm is Sarkar's transformational version of the hot Soldier: a warrior who makes use of compassion, empathy, and cultural knowing as strategic guns of battle on the way to definitively finish the frightened Symmetry. those highbrow abilities and emotional features has to be inculcated within the New Soldier, no longer as ethical imperatives, yet as key operational resources for fighting worldwide jihadism and resolving the conflicts and tensions that lead to international clash. A frightened Symmetry checks its paradigm opposed to case reports of the dialectics of terrorism in failed states (e.g., Somalia, Sudan, Afghanistan, Sierra Leone) and non-failed states (including Pakistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines), the stalemates blocking off state-centered strategies of zero-sum counterclaims, as in Palestine, Western Sahara, and Kashmir, and the promise of recent types of multilateral, multinational, multicultural, and multilingual activity strength cooperation exemplified through the experimental partnership among NATO and AU Standby Forces.

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In other words, the pursuit of one’s own personal happiness through the material acquisition of personal wealth as well as the state’s protection of individual liberties has been elevated to a Western classical ideal. Indeed, the terrifying force of this ideal may be its universality. , by passing a Bill of Rights and ensuring the due process of law), non-Western societies did not, for the most part, develop similar institutions. What began revolutionizing our world at the end of the last millennium was not the adoption of a Western classical ideal by the non-Western world but the adoption of the Western methodology of achieving this ideal through private property, democratic governance, and the Rule of Law.

On a more optimistic note, if these Islamic-based separatist movements are seeking to establish new political entities (whether as nation-states or some other form of autonomous self-governed unit), then perhaps this is a hopeful sign that they have not abandoned the structure of the state altogether despite its many failings. In other words, if the creation of new political entities is being actively pursued by fundamentalist Islamic-based non-state actors, then perhaps there is still hope of entering into a constructive dialogue with them (as attempted by the government of the Philippines, for example).

Not all will be equally important to the United States and the international community. Each stable country must gauge its involvement in failed or failing states according to its own resources and interests. Nor can a ‘‘one size fits all’’ approach be used to address the broad diversity of cases. 35 Eight policy options have been offered by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as a means to deal with failed states, a review of which may be useful in this context. pdf. that the problem resolves itself on its own.

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