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Challenge and Change

Global Threats and the State in Twenty-first Century International Politics

  • Norma C. Noonan
  • Vidya Nadkarni


  • Offers timely analyses of state systems within the context of contemporary global security threats

  • Addresses new developments in global security threats, including cyber warfare, resource conflicts in the global commons, terrorism, and environmental and economic tensions

  • Contains contributions from leading global experts on comparative politics and security


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Norma C. Noonan, Vidya Nadkarni
    Pages 1-9
  3. The Global Context

  4. Issues and Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. David Bartlett
      Pages 107-142
    3. Milda K. Hedblom
      Pages 143-164
    4. Andrew Smith
      Pages 165-193
    5. Norma C. Noonan, Vidya Nadkarni
      Pages 247-251
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 253-287

About this book


This edited volume addresses how the state system, the organizing political institution in world politics, copes with challenges of rapid change, unanticipated crises, and general turmoil in the twenty-first century. These disruptions are occurring against the background of declining US influence and the rising power of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Traditional inter-state security concerns coexist with new security preoccupations, such as rivalries likely to erupt over the resources of the global commons, the threat of cyber warfare, the ever-present threat of terrorism, and the economic and social repercussions of globalization.   The contributors explore these key themes and the challenges posed by rapid change.


Global challenges terrorism, climate change cyber communication military technology globalization state system trade superpowers inter-state rivalry BRICS foreign policy United States India China Russia aging economics human geography international relations law microeconomics political history political science politics public finance social science stability Superpower technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Norma C. Noonan
    • 1
  • Vidya Nadkarni
    • 2
  1. 1.Augsburg CollegeMinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.University of San DiegoSan DiegoUSA

About the editors

Norma Noonan is Professor Emerita of Political Science and Leadership Studies at Augsburg College, USA. She is the co-editor of Emerging Powers in Comparative Perspective (2013), co-author and co-editor of Women in Russian Politics and Society (1996), and editor and contributor to Encyclopedia of Russian Women’s Movements (2001). 

Vidya Nadkarni is Professor of Political Science at the University of San Diego, USA. She is the author of Strategic Partnerships in Asia (2010), co-editor of Emerging Powers in Comparative Perspective (2013), and co-author of The Foreign Policy of Russia (Fifth Edition, 2014)

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