A principal theme of international relations scholarship following the Cold War was the apparent erosion of state sovereignty caused by globalization's integrative effects and the proliferation of international institutions and networks. In recent years, however, scholars have noted a reverse trend: the reassertion of traditional, or Westphalian, state sovereignty. By contrast, I highlight another recent trend that has gone largely overlooked: the reaffirmation of older “extralegal” and “organic” versions of sovereignty by three of the world's most powerful states—Russia, China, and the United States. After tracing the genealogy of these older concepts, I consider how and why they have gained prominence in the official discourse of all three countries. I also explore the implications of this shift, which not only illustrates the importance of “norm retrieval” in international affairs, but also raises questions about the founda...
Interesting discussion with Janice Stein and Randall Schweller.
Blurb: "Between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, and every populist in between, the idea of sovereignty has become the guiding idea animating opposition to the post-WWII liberal international order. It underscores the belief that the national self-interest should continue to be the fundamental motivation in international behaviour without regard to any other considerations. The Agenda welcomes experts to discuss these ideas."
Kremlin conduct under Mr. Putin is getting more and more offensive and Canada, says Roland Paris, the former foreign-policy adviser to Justin Trudeau, is hardly immune. “The liberal democracies that are being subjected to Russia’s disruption operations in their elections need to come together to resist them. There’s no reason why we won’t be subject to the same kind of disruption and subversion.”