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The Global Society and Its Enemies

Liberal Order Beyond the Third World War

Benefits

  • Discusses contemporary constellations of international politics and global transformation

  • Explores various threats to the global order, such as the misuse of religious interpretation for the use of political violence

  • Argues for a reinvention of the Western world to contribute to a revival of a liberal global order, based on mutual respect and joint leadership

Book

Part of the Global Power Shift book series (GLOBAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Ludger Kühnhardt
    Pages 1-12
  3. Ludger Kühnhardt
    Pages 61-94
  4. Ludger Kühnhardt
    Pages 95-132
  5. Ludger Kühnhardt
    Pages 133-170
  6. Ludger Kühnhardt
    Pages 171-214
  7. Ludger Kühnhardt
    Pages 259-276

About this book

Introduction

This book discusses contemporary constellations of international politics and global transformation. It offers guidance on how to conceptualize the complexity of current global changes and practical policy advice in order to promote an open global society. In the light of today’s challenges, the author re-interprets the main argument of the philosopher Karl Popper in "The Open Society and Its Enemies". Based on this framework and new empirical evidence, the book discusses the thesis of an ongoing Third World War, triggered by fundamental deficits in nation-building, occurring primarily within states and not between them, and accelerated by asymmetric forms of warfare and Islamist totalitarianism.
The book also explores various threats to the global order, such as the paradox of borders as barriers and bridges, the global effects of the youth bubble in many developing countries, and the misuse of religious interpretation for the use of political violence. Lastly, the author identifies advocates and supporters of a liberal, multilateral and open order and argues for a reinvention of the Western world to contribute to a revival of a liberal global order, based on mutual respect and joint leadership.

Keywords

Global politics Peace and security studies Globalization Open global society Global transformation Karl Popper Warfare and Islamist totalitarianism Political violence

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Center for European Integration StudiesBonn UniversityBonnGermany

About the authors

Ludger Kühnhardt is Director at the Center for European Integration Studies (ZEI) and Professor of Political Science at the University of Bonn. He has been visiting professor at distinguished universities around the world, among them Stanford  University, St.Antony’s College (Oxford), Dartmouth College, Cape Town University, Canterbury University (Christchurch) Tongji University (Shanghai), College of Europe; he lectures regularly at the Catholic University Milan, the Diplomatic Academy Vienna and the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies Malta. Kühnhardt has served as speech writer for German President Richard von Weizsäcker and as advisor for the President of the European Parliament, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Parliament of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He is member of the Governing Board of the European Humanities University, member of the Academic Board of the West Africa Institute (WAI) and a Global Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington D.C. Kühnhardt is author of twenty-six books and co-author and editor of another 16 books.

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