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The Globalization of Informal Violence, Theories of World Politics, and the “Liberalism of Fear”

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  24 April 2003


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The attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001 have incalculable consequences for domestic politics and world affairs. Reliable predictions about these consequences are impossible. However, it may be worthwhile, even at this early point, to reflect on what these acts of violence reveal about the adequacy of our theories of world politics. In what respects have our assumptions and our analytical models helped us to understand these events and responses to them? And in what ways have we been misled by our theories?

Research Article
Copyright © IO Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2002