Toward A Geopolitics of Hope

Toward A Geopolitics of Hope

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Toward a Geopolitics of Hope purports a theory of a 'second world' which includes China and Russia amongst others, as a possible counter-weight to the first world up till now dominated by the United States of America. The authors argue that capitalism provides the common ideological context where the rivalry between the two 'worlds' is taking shape. In this sense, globalization and capitalism are no longer the steadfast allies of democracy as they have often claimed to be. They contend that this rivalry between the first and second world would soon engulf the third world, offering it two developmental options: the neo-liberal first way or the neo-authoritarian second way.

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The authors (professors of global and cultural studies at National Cheng Kung U., Taiwan) argue that, contra the proclamations of neoliberal theorists like Francis Fukuyama, democracy and capitalism are not flip sides of the same coin and that authoritarian capitalism, represented by the likes of China and Russia, is the true security threat to the democratic world. In light of this, they call for injecting human rights and democracy promotion into the heart of US foreign policy through a form of "moral realism" or "geopolitics of hope" (i.e., the application of realist means toward liberal and egalitarian ends) in response to a new Cold War between democratic and authoritarian capitalisms. In support of this argument, they review developments in in Russia, China, Tibet, India, Burma, and the Arab world. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 2012
ISBN: 9788132110767
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Thornton, Songok Han


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