Apocalypse Now? Continuities and Disjunctions in World POlitics After 9/11

Nicholas John Hugh Rengger, Caroline Kennedy-Pipe

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This article argues that the widespread assumption that the events of world politics since 9/11 represent a radical break in world politics is incorrect. It goes on to argue, first, that world politics since 9/11 displays far more continuities than disjunctions and, second, that the belief that there was a radical change signalled by 9/11 is deeply problematic not just for conceptualizations of world politics but also for practice. This argument is then discussed in the context of four specific areas, the geo-political configuration of world politics, the ideological shape of world politics, ideas and assumptions about the use of force in world politics and the relationship between civil liberty and security.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-553
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Affairs
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2006


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