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Introduction. In search of a global security system for the 21st century



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‘The novelty of the situation today is that globalization generates interdependence and cooperation. . . . The international security system should be inclusive and security cooperation and mutual reassurance should replace mutual deterrence, associated with balance-of-power politics. . . . Many factors will determine the further development of the international security system. Unlike the bipolarity and ideological clarity of the cold war era, the world today has no clear-cut dividing lines or overriding threat. A critical element of the shaping of a new international system is the ever growing recognition of democratic principles, respect for human rights and the rule of law, and market economy as the common values. . . . International structures, organizations and institutions should be seen as forums in which national security interests can be addressed. This means that the new international system will function only when states find that it ensures their security more effectively than exclusive reliance on national strategies.’