Chapter

Taking Stock

S. Neil Macfarlane

in The Third World Beyond the Cold War

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780198295518
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599217 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198295510.003.0002
 Taking Stock

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Addresses a number of definitional and methodological issues relating to the effect of the end of the cold war on developing countries. This is followed by an examination of expectations regarding the impact of the end of the cold war on the Third World expressed at the end of the 1980s and early 1990s. These expectations are compared with the progression of events in the Third World since 1989, and the reasons for the discrepancy between expectation and reality are discussed. Observations are then made on salient issues of Third World politics and security that were underemphasized or misconstrued in the cold war era, and that receive a fuller airing in subsequent thematic and regional chapters of the book. In particular, questions are raised about the extent to which a literature in security studies and international relations that emphasizes the centrality of the state, and the explanatory value of systemic structure, can adequately explain the evolution of politics in the Third World subsequent to the cold war.

Keywords: cold war; developing countries; politics; security; Third World

Chapter.  8609 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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