The Declining World Order assesses the changing role of the state in world politics, as well as the decline in the quality of world order since the end of the Cold War in 1990. It places an emphasis on the opportunities for, and deficiencies of, world leadership by the United States government. It also analyzes the effects of the September 11 attacks and the American response. The book is concerned with the evolving character of 'globalization', the shift from an economistic geopolitics to a militaristic geopolitics as a consequence of the challenge posed by the al Qaeda network as well as by the changed nature of American presidential global policy. It poses the question as to whether the increased focus on global security and warfare has disrupted permanently the hopeful prospects of a more ethical and equitable world order that seemed to be emerging at the end of the 20th century. Finally, without embracing either optimism or pessimism, Falk seeks to assess the possibility of the re-emergence of this pursuit of humane global governance, and to consider the degree to which there are already favourable conditions promoting a just and sustainable future for humanity.
"Richard Falk, in THE DECLINING WORLD ORDER, brings to the post-9-11 world the breadth of vision and the moral commitment that he has shown us over the years in his various writings. He skillfully combines theoretical analysis with empirical data to analyze the 'war on terrorism' and 'globalization' in a fresh and bold way. If we care about a peaceful world, this book will be a great help.
"Over the past 30 years, Richard Falk has emerged as an unrivaled source of insight and clarification on questions of world order and the normative functions of international law. In the present volume, he excels himself, offering the most straightforward and trenchant analysis yet of the implications attending the Bush administration's drive to military and economic dominance on a global scale. Agree with him or not, Falk's book demands to be read by anyone wishing to understand the forces now shaping our collective destiny
-Ward Churchill, author of "Acts of Rebellion
"With superb insight, originality and verve, Richard Falk provokes us to think about a new regionalism shaped by an emerging global civil society and existing international institutions, and invigorated by human rights principles and religious tolerance. His shrewd observations on the Westphalian order and beyond greatly inform the human rights debate, as the world slips toward a geopolitical morass.
-Micheline Ishay, author of "The History of Human Rights
"Over a lifetime, Richard Falk has been one of our most insightful critics of the foreign policy of the United States. He has given us both powerful critiques but also inspiring visions of the possibility of a peaceful global worldorder. In "The Declining World Order, Falk with great intellectual force shows us how dangerous to all of us America's geopolitics are. This is a must read for anyone who seeks to seriously grapple with the future of our world.
"In a time of much talk and even more confusion about the meaning of state sovereignty and globalization, Richard Falk provides a clear framework for understanding U.S. hegemony and its implications for world order. One of the preeminent international legal scholars of our time, Falk provides both a thorough academic analysis of international relations today and a moving call to restore democracy and avert fascism on a global scale.
-Natsu Taylor Saito, Professor of International Law, Georgia State University College of Law