The Breaking of Nations by Robert Cooper
Order and Chaos in the Twenty-First Century

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Based on an essay that has been hailed as one of the most influential policy pieces published in the past decade, Robert Cooper sets out a radical new interpretation of the shape of the world in his pathbreaking book, The Breaking of Nations. Cooper argues that there are three types of states in the world that deal with each other in different ways: "pre-modern" parts of the world, without fully functioning states, "modern" nation states, concerned with territorial sovereignty and national interests, and "post-modern" states in which foreign and domestic policy are inextricably intertwined, tools of governance are shared, and security is no longer based on control over territory or the balance of power. Among First World nations, societies may operate on the basis of laws, openness, and cooperative security. But when dealing with a hostile outside enemy, civilized countries need to revert to tougher methods from an earlier era - force, preemptive attack, deception - if we are to safeguard peaceful coexistence throughout the civilized world. Like Robert Kagan's best-selling Of Paradise and Power, The Breaking of Nations is essential reading for a dangerous age, a cautionary tale for superpowers, and a prescient examination of international relations in the twenty-first century.

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Robert Cooper is currently Director-General of External and Politico-Military Affairs for the Council of the European Union.
Published October 8, 2004 by Grove Press. 192 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Business & Economics.

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British diplomat Cooper, once the UK’s ambassador to West Germany and now head of the government’s Defence and Overseas Secretariat, posits a world divided not into first, second, and third parts, pace Chairman Mao, but into “pre-modern,” “modern,” and “postmodern”: the first made up of such hope...

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Even if Cooper makes no claim to speak for anybody but himself, readers will turn to his fluent, stimulating and often original book for an insight into the mind of a man who has liberated more peoples (Kosovar Albanians, KurdsTo see the full article you need to subscribeThe Department of Energy ...

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