Netwar Geopolitics: Security, Failed States and Illicit Flows

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    Recent and emerging security policies and practices claim a mutual vulnerability that closely links human insecurity in failed states with the threat to powerful states from illicit flows. This article first examines this ‘emerging orthodoxy’ of transnational security issues that reinforces the securitisation of poverty and the poor. It then subjects this orthodoxy to theoretical and empirical critique. Theoretically it shows that this orthodoxy is formed as a ‘geopolitical imagination’ that associates and stabilises particular views of weak states and illicit flows in a ‘netwar imagination’ by reasserting and reconfiguring traditional assumptions of the spatiality and nature of threats. A final empirical section, focusing on drug production and nuclear smuggling, argues that those assumptions and their assemblage are a partial, incomplete and often self-referential reading of illicit flows.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)490-513
    Number of pages24
    JournalBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations
    Issue number4
    Early online date18 Apr 2011
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

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    • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
    • Political Science and International Relations


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