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Stumbling from incident to incident: The systemic crisis of the post-Cold War order

Casier, Tom (2021) Stumbling from incident to incident: The systemic crisis of the post-Cold War order. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, . ISSN 0955-7571. (doi:10.1080/09557571.2020.1869182) (KAR id:85374)


The conflict between Russia and the Euro-Atlantic Community has taken the form of a systemic crisis, in which we face the risk of running from incident to incident. It is argued that the European post-Cold War order has undergone a norm-transforming, rather than norm-governed change. The normative framework and shared purpose on which it rests and which are essential to stabilise and perpetuate an international order have been eroded. The crisis is assessed on the basis of both the acts of violation and retreat by key ordering agents and their intersubjective assessment of the order. It is argued that normative pillars have gradually dissolved in four key areas: the principles of the Paris Charter on the indivisibility of security, the arms control regime, collective security and the European border regime. Tackling these issues is particularly complicated, because some, such as arms control, require today a global approach, involving China.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09557571.2020.1869182
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: Tom Casier
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2021 10:41 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jul 2022 23:00 UTC
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