The Declining World Order assesses the changing role of the state in world politics, as well as the decline in the quality of world order since the end of the Cold War in 1990. It places an emphasis on the opportunities for, and deficiencies of, world leadership by the United States government. It also analyzes the effects of the September 11 attacks and the American response. The book is concerned with the evolving character of 'globalization', the shift from an economistic geopolitics to a militaristic geopolitics as a consequence of the challenge posed by the al Qaeda network as well as by the changed nature of American presidential global policy. It poses the question as to whether the increased focus on global security and warfare has disrupted permanently the hopeful prospects of a more ethical and equitable world order that seemed to be emerging at the end of the 20th century. Finally, without embracing either optimism or pessimism, Falk seeks to assess the possibility of the re-emergence of this pursuit of humane global governance, and to consider the degree to which there are already favourable conditions promoting a just and sustainable future for humanity.
Richard Falk is Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus at Princeton University where he was a member of the faculty for forty years. He has been a Visiting Professor in the Global Studies Program of the University of California at Santa Barbara for the last three years. His most recent books are THE GREAT TERROR WAR (2003) and RELIGION AND HUMANE GLOBAL GOVERNANCE (2001). He serves as Chair of the Board for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and is Chair of the Editorial Board of World Editorial and International Law. He is on the Editorial Board of The Nationa and an Honorary Editor of the American Journal of International Law.