Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781783607938 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607945 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only

Power Shift

On the New Global Order

Richard Falk

Power Shift

Richard Falk

Distributed for Zed Books

300 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2016
Paper $19.95 ISBN: 9781783607938 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783607945 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
In Power Shift, Richard Falk, a UN expert on international law, puts forth a challenging set of observations on the changes in global politics that have occurred since the end of the Cold War, with a close focus on the massive transformations in relations with the Middle East after the 9/11 attacks. Falk argues that American militarism during the past twenty years has significantly reframed geopolitics, and he provides a scathing critique of many common practices and policies, including the recourse to torture, preventive war, drone technology, and diplomacy by threat. 
 
In this sophisticated interpretation of geopolitics from a progressive perspective, Falk offers a powerful critique of mainstream thinking, illustrating how the overall effects of today’s policies  produce extremely cruel outcomes for people living in the Global South, the Middle East, and Africa.  Unifying his argument with a desire for global justice and sustainable peace, Falk provides a provocative analysis of the new world order that is currently developing.
 
Contents
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Globalism and globalization: terrorism and state terror
1. Toward a new geopolitics
2. The post-secular divide
3. Why drones are more dangerous than nuclear weapons
4. Contours of a New Constitutionalism
5. Horizons of global governance
6. Responding to the global crisis
7. Toward a global imaginary
8. Framing an inquiry: strong societies/weak states
9. Disruptive legacies of World War I
10. The 4+ logics of global order
11. Questioning perpetual war in an era of drone warfare
12. Changing the political climate: one individual at a time
13. Does the human species wish to survive?
Notes
Index
 
Review Quotes
Stephen Gill, author of Power and Resistance in the New World Order
“Eloquently written by the world’s leading international lawyer, Falk’s new book is an absolute must read for anyone seeking to understand power shifts in the world order and our human condition in the early 21st century.”
W. Michael Reisman, Yale Law School

“Original, eloquent, challenging and hopeful, Richard Falk is always worth reading.”

Daniele Archibugi, Italian National Research Council and Birkbeck, University of London
“Falk is always ahead in identifying the perils of our time. Emerging but neglected issues are here addressed with passion and rationality. The book contains an inspiring message to global civic activists striving to constrain abuses of power and to provide viable alternatives.”
Foreign Affairs
“For almost half a century, in classics such as This Endangered Planet and A Study of Future Worlds, Falk has brought powerful moral and legal insights to debates about order and justice in world politics. In this collection of essays, he argues that the international system is in the midst of a protracted, perilous, but ultimately progressive movement from what he calls 'the old geopolitics' to 'a new geopolitics.' As Falk sees it, the old order—defined by a Western-dominated system of states and by global capitalism and realist ideology—is incapable of solving the cascading problems of armed violence, environmental catastrophe, despotism, corruption, and human suffering. For Falk, even the liberal internationalist vision of enlightened state leaders working through the UN and other global bodies is insufficient to the task.”
Ethics and International Affairs
Power Shift . . . is full of interesting insights and displays an impressive degree of rhetorical power. For all those who are in search of a forceful, mostly Left critique of the status quo, this book is a must-read.”
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