Human Security and Mutual Vulnerability: The Global Political Economy of Development and Underdevelopment

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International Development Research Centre, 1999 - Political Science - 123 pages
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Jorge Nef responds to one of the most pressing intellectual challenges of the post-Cold War era: the search for an analytical framework that will help us understand this turbulent and chaotic period in human history. His lucid and visionary analysis rests on the concept of mutual vulnerability: that in an increasingly interdependent world, global security is only as strong as the weakest link in the chain.
This second edition includes new analyses of the economic crisis in Asia, the transformation of the G-7 into the G-8, the easing of the debt crisis, and Soros’ critique of the New World Order. Data and sources are also updated, as are the discussions of conflicts in Africa, the former Yugoslavia, and central Asia.

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Jorge Nef, PhD, is Professor of Political Studies and International Development at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and has been a visiting professor in many Canadian and foreign universities. In 1998, the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) and the University of Guelph Faculty Association presented Professor Nef with awards for his outstanding contribution to teaching. Professor Nef is a past President of the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) and former Editor of the Canadian Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) and the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), both at York University. His numerous publications, including books, journal articles, and book chapters, deal with development issues, food security, terrorism, ethics and technology, comparative public administration, authoritarian regimes, social theory, international relations and Latin American politics. Professor Nef has worked as a consultant or cooperant with various national and international agencies in the field of international development (UN-PAHO, CIDA, and IDRC). He also represented IDRC as Canadian delegate to the Expert Groups of the South Commission in Geneva in 1989 and was a member of Team Canada during the Prime Minister's visit to Chile in 1995. His most recent research has focused on issues of governability, social policy, conflict resolution, and human security in the context of global relations.

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