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A New International System

J Oerstroem Moeller

Publication Year: 2004

This paper was delivered by Professor Ambassador J. Oerstroem Moeller, as a Public Lecture organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies on 7 May 2004. In the lecture the Ambassador reflects on the dangers posed by globalization and internationalism unless the international system can be adapted to meet the challenges.

Published by: ISEAS–Yusof Ishak Institute

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. vi

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pp. viii

I was thrilled to be given the opportunity by ISEAS to present my views on what I term “The New International System”. The topic has occupied a good deal of my time and attention during recent years and even if some people may...

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-2

Let me begin my presentation with an anecdote. A teacher asks his class: “Boys, can you give an example of globalization?” A boy replies: “Yes, Sir. It is Princess Diana!” “… How?” asks the teacher. Back comes the...

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2. The Model from 1945 to 1995

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pp. 3-6

On the meaning of the terms globalization or economic internationalization, most people are like the person in the well-known elephant joke who says that he cannot describe an elephant but can recognize one when he sees...

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3. The Challenge

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pp. 7-15

For many, perhaps the majority around the world, economic globalization possesses one and only one advantage: higher growth and higher standards of living. To achieve this, they are ready to sacrifice part of their own...

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4. New Players

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pp. 16-22

Let us dig a little bit deeper to see who actually voices scepticism or even opposition to internationalism. In doing this we bump into new actors on the international arena who are not necessarily working against or...

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5. A New Model for Internationalism

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pp. 23-47

The new model is borne out of the wedlock of internationalism with the loss of monopoly of nation-states in the use of destructive weapons, including weapons of mass destruction (WMD)....

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6. Conclusion

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pp. 48-49

In the present stage of international affairs we may choose to disregard the challenges facing us. We may choose to say that everything is fine or that it is awful but nothing can be done about it....


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pp. 50-51

About the Author

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pp. 52-53

E-ISBN-13: 9789812306272
Print-ISBN-13: 9789812302878

Page Count: 53
Publication Year: 2004

Edition: 1